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Joe Simpson

Honorary Doctorate - 2004

Touching the Void, Joe Simpson's amazing story of grit and determination not to die in the Andes in 1985, has resulted in a best-selling book and the most successful British documentary in cinema history.

One of the world's most successful mountaineers, Joe's tale of survival against all the odds has sold more than a million copies worldwide. The spin off documentary beat Love Actually to clinch the 2004 British Academy Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year.

Today Joe, who lives in Sheffield, is an established author of novels as well as non-fiction and to date every one of his books has been shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature.

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