<i>..most of the good mountaineering books have already been mentioned</i>
I beg to differ, Anita!
Here are three that I guarantee anyone will enjoy:
<i><b>Karakoram</b></i> by Fosco Maraini. The first ascent of Gasherbrum iV, probably the hardest high altitude climbing done at the time, written by a gifted scholar. Beautifully poetic writing at times.
<i><b>The Last Blue Mountain</b></i> by Ralph Barker. A tragic attempt on Haramosh, in the vein of Touching the Void or Into Thin Air, but 30 years earlier.
<i><b>No Picnic on Mount Kenya</b></i> by Felice Benuzzi. The author and his partners escape from a British prison camp for an attempt on Kenya, and then must sneak back into prison. All part of the plan. Crampons and ice axes were made from scraps of metal they could find. Read the book!
The above are either on used book sites or have been reissued in paperback.
I could go on and on....
.. oh, right now I'm into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.