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This review is from: The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans (Paperback)
Just read this and struggled to put it down. Jim perrin made this into a labour of love and I can see why. You read the book admiring whillians fabulous ability, but at the same time wincing at his indiscretions. I'm no climber, although I love fell walking and mountain biking, but I could see how inspirational this book could be to youngsters starting out on climbing careers. You just wish whillians could have moderated his behaviour and looked after himself and then he'd surely still be with us today and rightly be as celebrated as his contempories Brown, Bonnington, Halston, Scott etc. I know other reviewers found the footnotes annoying, but I didn't, you get used to them and they themselve often contain vital bits of subplot infomation. Overall a fascinating and ultimately quite sad tribute to a talent that should be a household name.