A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster in the Himalaya

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Together with Chris Bonington and other distinguished British climbers, Stephen Venables was high on the unclimbed and sacred mountain of Panch Chuli when, at 1am on a dark Himalayan night, his abseil failed and he fell catastrophically, somersaulting from rock to rock and landing, seriously-wounded, at the end of a rope suspended above a 50-degree icefield. This is the story of his arduous and almost miraculous survival, and of the brilliant, committed teamwork which brought him to safety.

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A gripping read -- The Times, February 17, 2000

Outstanding ... A Slender Thread is his best book. -- Climber magazine 2000

Powerful, dramatic writing ...one of the best mountaineering books to have
been published for a long while. -- Sunday Telegraph, March 2, 2000

An acute awareness of the environment through which he travels. -- Observer 2000

One of the most reflective, well-crafted, self-aware expedition
books you're likely to read. -- High Magazine, May 2000

One of the msot reflective, well-crafted, self-aware expedition books you’re likely to read. -- High Magazine 2000

Outstanding ... A Slender Thread is his best book. -- Climber magazine 2000

Powerful, dramatic writing ...one of the best mountaineering books to have been published for a long while. -- Sunday Telegraph 2000

Read it but be careful. You may never be content just to climb the stairs again. -- Mail on Sunday

Venables offers excellent and detailed historical background, whilst weaving a compelling narrative. -- Climbing magazine 2002

From the Author:

Praise from one's peers is always welcome. I would like to quote from two
specialist reviews. The philosopher Jose Bermudez wrote in the Alpine
Journal: 'A Slender Thread is certainly one of the best expedition books I
have read for some time. It is well paced, wittily written and hard to put
down. Readers of Venables's earlier books will not be disappointed. The
best part ... comes when Venables sets aside the self-deprecating and
inward-looking house style of the British mountaineering establishment and
shifts into a more reflective and self-examining mode.' On the other side
of the pond, in the American Alpine Journal, Andrew Stevenson wrote: 'In
many ways this book speaks to the aspects of climbing that I value, more so
than those espoused in other climbing naratives, which of late seem to
require some desperate sensational scheme or tragedy. Here we have, as Bob
Bates said so well in the title of his book, "Mystery, Beauty, Danger".
Added to the mix are capable companions and a little luck and humility.
What more could one want from a book or a climb?'

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