Villain by Jim Perrin
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By Jim Perrin

The Villain

The Life of Don Whillans

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Villain by Jim Perrin

Book Awards

  • Winner of Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature 2005.

Book Description

Don Whillans has an iconic significance for generations of climbers. His epoch-making first ascent of Annapurna's South Face, achieved with Dougal Haston in 1970, remains one of the most impressive climbs ever made - but behind this and all his other formidable achievements lies a tough, recalcitrant reality: the character of the man himself. Whillans carried within himself a sense of personal invincibility, forceful, direct and uncompromising. It gave him sporting superstar status - the flawed heroism of a Best, a McEnroe, an Ali. In his own circle, his image was the working-class hero on the rock-face, laconic and bellicose, ready to go to war with the elements or with any human who crossed his path on a bad day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099416722
ISBN-10: 0099416727
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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West by Jim Perrin West, Paperback (May 2011)

Part memoir, part travelogue, legendary writer Jim Perrin charts a journey of loss, love and grief in the face of the deaths of his wife and son. Simply extraordinary, West is set to become a classic of its kind.

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Author Biography - Jim Perrin

Jim Perrin is one of Britain's most highly regarded travel writers and was one of the best British rock-climbers - with many new routes, significant solo ascents and free ascents at the top standards of the day. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Climber, The Great Outdoors and broadcasts regularly on radio. His biography, Menlove, was the first outright winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize, for which all of his subsequent books have been shortlisted. His previous book, Travels with The Flea and Other Eccentric Journeys, was published to critical acclaim in 2002.

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