Book Review: Life and Limb
Author: Jamie Andrew
List Price: £9.99
A true story of Tragedy and Survival.
Jamie Andrew was caught at 10,000ft on an Alpine mountain and was trapped for 5 days, before being rescued and he somehow survived the ordeal.
The book is a truly personal account of how this experienced mountaineer dealt with both the loss of his friend, who died beside him on the mountain, and how he rebuilt his life, coming to terms with also losing all his limbs to frostbite.
This is a fascinating book, as it is such a personal account of how the author manages to put his life back together after such a tragic accident.
Andrew's love of the outdoors and mountaineering come through, as do his courage and real depth of determination. The trip was well planned, and they had the right equipment with them, however nature appeared to conspire against them, and brought up a storm that trapped them in horrendous conditions high up in the mountains.
From being rescued and the early stages of treatment and recovery, you get a real sense of the anguish, pain and despair that he felt, but you also get a great sense of the inner steel and courage that comes through.
The book is a tribute to his friend as well as a tribute to his character, as he continues a truly remarkable recovery and has become an inspiration to many.
The book isn't really about mountaineering, but more about a person's ability to overcome adversity. The author has a good natural style of writing, bringing the people to life, and the events and sequences are truly gripping.
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Overall Score: 8 out of 10
Would You recommend this to a friend: Yes