The Ascent of Rum Doodle has received multiple 5-star ratings in reviews on

  • Truly uplifting and funny
  • Treat yourself to a laugh. You won't be disappointed.
  • This book is an absolute joy! Now that I've finished it, I feel at a loss. I might just have to read it again...
  • A hidden gem!
  • A perfect book for all occasions. The audio version is also superb, very well read in a perfectly understated way.
  • An absolute hoot from beginning to end
  • You really owe it to yourself to join our intrepid heros and share their triumphs, disasters and general roaring incompetence. You won't regret it.

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You will laugh!
I'm not a climber, but I do enjoy humour - the drier the better - and I love this book. I first read it 15 years ago and have just re-bought it for myself as an early Christmas present. It's a very gentle, deadpan tale of disaster that I've regularly found myself re-reading over the years. Treat yourself to a laugh. You won't be disappointed.


Don't read in public, you will cry of laugter
The books grows on you because it not a simple attempt to assemble a host of funny jokes. But better, it is the brilliantly crafted caracters that you get to know that will crack you up. These characters are revealed bit by bit through every tongue-in-cheek incident that takes place in the course of their (parody of an) expedition.  I tried to read this in the tube only to find that my laughter became a scene. So I went and retreated to Hampstead Heath to get the peace to read it.  Truly uplifting and funny.


A little gem
I was a little wary when this book was recommended to me, but it is undoubtedly one of the funniest books I have ever read. Even the jokes which seem a little too obvious at first (such as the team's navigator becoming lost en route to the planning meeting) are really just plants for an ongoing series of gentle running gags which are developed wonderfully. The writing is superb and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a dry sense of humour. There are so many little comments and observations that the book is as funny if not funnier every time you read it. Excellent.


Rum Doodle, an absolute hoot from beginning to end
Hilarious adventure, every page having you laughing out loud, as well as containg a memorable quote to use later. The momentum and parody kept sharp from start to finish.  If you want a book to make you feel good and laugh out loud, you must buy this comedy classic. It realy is the funniest book you will ever read


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