The exceptionally moving, brilliantly written story of the brief, courageous life of Ollie, the autistic son of one of Britain's most successful mountaineers, and of his effect on all who knew him.
Stephen Venables is best known as the mountaineer who in 1988 became the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen - one of many pioneering expeditions around the world. He began climbing while at Oxford in the early seventies, and has written eight books about his mountain travels, winning the Boardman Tasker Prize, the King Albert Medal and the Grand Award at Banff International Mountain Literature Festival. He has also appeared in several television documentaries and the IMAX movie, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure. He lives in Bath with his wife Rosie and Ollie's brother Edmond.
A gripping, humbling account... This is a story of great courage,
love, and extraordinary selflessness but most of all it is a
celebration of the existence of a bright, lively, brave little boy
* Daily Mail *
An uplifting tribute to a remarkable child * Daily Express *
Ollie is not a bleak book. There are episodes of exuberant joy... More compelling than a climbing narrative * Independent *