Dougal Haston was a legendary climber, but his own writings are blighted by over-philosophising the smallest details, and read more like Nietzsche than a lad from the borders of Edinburgh. However, this is a finely detailed and well-written book from Jeff Connor, practically Haston's official biographer. As is the norm it follows the life of Haston from climbing the hills near Currie to becoming Scotlands, and eventually one of the Worlds finest mountaineers. What this book does brilliantly however, is attempt to unravel Haston as a man, not a climber. What inspired and drove him, his relationships, and why he was the way he was. There are excerpts from interviews with many of his closest friends, climbing partners and relationships, which paint far more of a picture than Connor's prose ever could.
It's a fascinating book about a fascinating man, and is certainly the book on Haston. If you have even a passing interest in Haston or the British climbing/mountaineering scene from the 50's to the 70's, of which Haston was undoubtedly one of the biggest characters, this book is worth every penny.