The Villain: A Life of Don Whillans

The Villain: A Life of Don Whillans

by Jim Perrin


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The Villain: A Life of Don Whillans by Jim Perrin

A fascinating, thought-provoking biography of a climbing legend.

Don Whillans has been an icon for generations of climbers. His first ascent of Annapurna’s South Face with Dougal Haston in 1970, remains one of the most impressive climbs ever made – a standard to which all contemporary Himalayan climbers aspire. But Perrin examines the tough reality behind Whillans’ formidable achievements – the character of the man himself. Despite his skill and daring, Whillans was a savage-tongued, hell-raising scrapper – turned down for a Queen’s Birthday honour, because of a violent fracas with the police. Coming out of a world miles away from the environment of the upper class climbers who dominated the sport, Whillans’ forceful, uncompromising personality gave him superstar status – the flawed heroism of a Best, a McEnroe, or an Ali.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780091794385
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 03/23/2004
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

Jim Perrin is a writer, broadcaster and photographer who has been described as “the most outstanding prose writer of present-day Wales”. His travels on a Harley, across the USA were recently published in the Daily Telegraph under the title High on the Hog.

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