The Ascent of Rum Doodle is a short 1956 novel by W. E. Bowman (19111985). It is a parody of the non-fictional chronicles of mountaineering expeditions (notably H. W. Tilman’s account of the ascent of Nanda Devi and Maurice Herzog’s book Annapurna chronicling the first ascent of Annapurna in Nepal) that were popular during the 1950s, as many of the world’s highest peaks were climbed for the first time. A new edition was released in 2001 with an introduction by the contemporary humorist Bill Bryson. It has been critically well received. Though a parody, it has become one of the most famous and celebrated books of mountaineering literature.The book has been republished several times since 1956. The current edition is published by Pimlico, an imprint of Random House. In January 2009, The Guardian included it in the ‘1000 Novels Everyone Must Read’.