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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906148198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906148195
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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"'Moffatt and Grimes have done climbing history a service in setting down the story of UK climbing in the "dole era" of the 1980s - a story that was quickly becoming forgotten.' Grand Prize Winner, Banff Mountain Book Festival 2009. 'Revelations shines with elfin charm and great candor: about wanting to be the best; wanting to impress top climbers when he knew they were watching; and even that, as Moffatt once put it, "I like burning people off." Clearest of all is that he truly loved climbing.' Alison Osius, Rock & Ice Magazine, USA. 'If you are off on holiday and you pack only one book to read - make it this one. It is a revelation.' John Yates, UKClimbing.com. 'This is an honest look at the motivation of a sportsman at the top of his game, and a fascinating account of a period of great worldwide change in rock climbing.' TGO Magazine. 'A highly readable and effective autobiography.' Phil Bartlett, Boardman Tasker Prize 2009. 'If you are interested in our sport, its characters and history or if you'd like to understand an exceptional climber a little better, then you'll love this book.' Guy Holwill, SA Mountain Sport Magazine, South Africa. 'In terms of pace there's no stopping. I don't read a lot, but with this book I could barely put it down.' Steve McClure, Climb Magazine. 'Revelations is a superb book about a superb climber. Honest, witty and pithy, it explains to us mere mortals exactly what it takes to be the best climber in the world.' John Horscroft, planetFear.com. 'An essential read for all aspirants, has-beens and arm-chair rockstars.' John Palmer, The Climber, New Zealand."

About the Author

There are few climbers who could be acknowledged as the best of their generation, Jerry Moffatt is one of them. After taking up climbing while at school in Llandudno in the 1970s he went on to become arguably the best climber in the world during the 1980s and continued to operate at the highest level throughout the 1990s. A regular in the climbing, outdoor and general media thanks to his cutting-edge exploits, Jerry has scores of international magazine cover appearances to his name, together with countless international features penned by and about him. Niall Grimes is one of the most exciting climbing writers in the world. A regular on the lecture circuit, his offbeat and well-observed humour has earned him great popularity in his native Ireland, in the UK and further afield. He has contributed articles to CLIMB, Climber, High and Summit (UK), Climbing and Rock & Ice (US), Klettern (Germany) and many more. Niall is also the guidebook co-ordinator for the British Mountaineering Council and was responsible for the Burbage, Millstone and Beyond guidebook, winner of the Mountain Exposition Award at the Banff Mountain Book Festival in 2006.


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Format: Hardcover
This is a cracking book and should become a mandatory read for any climber. Probably the first/only pure rock climbing book of this type I can think of (as opposed to the mountaineering books of Simpson, Pritchard, Yates etc) and I think there are few characters in climbing who could pull this off successfully without it being a dull list of achievements and "we went climbing, it was hard, I got to the top" stories.

Despite being someone who'd been very media-savvy throughout his career and had a lot of exposure, there's plenty of detail in here that I didn't know about previously. The depth of background stories about Jerry's life really do show how these things shaped his outlook and approach, which is something frequently overlooked. It also dispels the myth that he was just bankrolled by his parents for years. The range of photos is also pretty good, I would maybe have liked to see some of them reproduced larger though.

The writing combo of Grimer/Jerry seems to work very well, and yet it does still read like you're reading Jerry's words, I think this is quite sympathetically ghost-written in that respect. On the other hand the writing style isn't quite as deeply captivating or absorbing as say a Pritchard or Simpson book, but its still pretty good (hard to put the book down), and feels kind of authentic. The pacing is about right too - I sometimes wished for more detail but am aware the book would be the size of the Yellow Pages otherwise.

On the whole this is a great read, and I imagine non-climbers, or the family/partners/friends of climbers would get a lot out of it too.
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I've still got two pair of Fires in my loft, alas the second pair was the last pair of rock boots I bought. So for me this book is a bit of a trip into middle aged crisis. And I am loving it. You can smell the barn and you smell Erics cafe across the road. Stoney too, it all comes back to life just like it used to be, probably the only place that can be dusty and dank at the same time. Jerry's a quite exceptional talent who has taken obsession to incredible highs. The descriptions of the players, the locations, the lifestyles could be any group of friends enjoying the scene in the early 80's but of course it's not, its about being the best as well. Non-climbers might not understand some of this, but any person who has tried to snuff out the dull conveyor of society along the way is going to be in tune.
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As someone who has done quite a bit of rock climbing albeit at a modest grade, I found 'Revelations' a thoroughly enjoyable read (I devoured it in a week) hence the 5 stars. If you are, or have been a climber, you will probably love this book but it might be hard work for a general interest read. I will not repeat anything about the content which has been extensively commented on in other reviews but you know what, I think I am going to go climbing now after having been away for quite a few years - 'Grooved Arete' here I come!! (now how much better a recommendation can you give for a climbing book than that?)
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Format: Hardcover
A really good book. I read it in just over a day and couldn't put it down, that says it all.

I think this book would be a good read for anyone who enjoys reading about the lives of people who have pushed the limits through nothing but determination, self-confidence, sacrifice and effort.

For non climbers there is a glossary of terms at the back which I think is a nice touch (it might also show some boulderers what hand jams and krabs, nuts and friends look like), and the book explains terms as it goes along which is helpful.

The book has a good mix of funny stories and sad ones and the tempo seems to match the moods sensitively. The writing is efficient and pleasantly matter of fact, something which I think added to the readability and pageturner-ness.

Overall the book is very entertaining and enthralling and it left me feeling inspired to get out there and try harder.
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Format: Hardcover
chapter 3 "the stoney years"
the woodshed..............a half-built garden shed.
a few shelves held planks of wood,and above it was a corrugated asbestos roof. there weren`t any walls. there was a climber there,dressed in torn denims and a shabby woollen jumper.he was in his twenties, alot older than i was.
"areet youth" he said "welcome to the woodshed"
"just move some wood around and make yourself some room, lad"
i made a two foot gap in the wood stacks ,enough space to sleep.
i felt a bit disapionted in the stoney woodshed, then it began to rain.
this was my home for two years.

terrific stuff the inside out of a dedicated sportsman
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Niall Grimes gives fluent voice to Jerry Moffatt's story, offering insights into climbing and professional sport with a bit of eighties nostalgia and a few good travel stories thrown in for good measure. There's a good mix of photographs to add depth and some climbing charts etc for reference at the back.
Ultimately though it's the story of how one man's focus, self-discipline and dedication to climbing and his subsequent achievements have shaped his perception of himself, the world, and the way his life has developed. Whatever your obsession in life may be, this book's well worth a read.
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