The Ascent of Rum Doodle, by W. E. Bowman (Vintage 2019, first published Max Parrish 1956)

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This hilarious satirical classic was published a couple of years after the first successful summitting of Everest, and relates a fictional version of the conquest of the world's highest peak. The madcap collection of eccentrically named, pompous Brits are absurdly incompetent, mostly ill, drunk or lost, but have a ripping adventure. Quite brilliant, it's one of only two published books by W E Bowman - the other was a spoof of the Kon Tiki expedition. Deservedly a classic!