The Villain by Jim Perrin
The Life of Don Whillans

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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.

 

About Jim Perrin

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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, "The Villain," was joint winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize and winner of the Mountain History Prize at the Banff festival.
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Cornerstone Digital. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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