/ Ron Fawcett;s Autobiography
Remind me who wrote it.
Big Ron and Ed Douglas.
I agree Big Ron is a super nice guy, one of THE greats. I enjoyed the book and found it interesting but I did not think it is well written.
Yes that's what I though. Simple and direct, not flowery. It's an autobiography and a straightforward story of his life.
I don't think he had a particularly poetic life did he?
Interestingly, I suspect it is well written and is deliberately written in a matter-of-fact way to reflect Ron's character.
> Interestingly, I suspect it is well written and is deliberately written in a matter-of-fact way to reflect Ron's character.
That's my take on it. As I said, I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought it painted a pretty good pen portrait of the life, times and characters.
Neither Ron or Jerry's book are great works of climbing literature - I don't suppose they set out to be - and they're not Learning to Breath, but they're a good read for those who were climbing in those times. I founds Ron's quite touching in a way. Nice guy.
I think I'm going to have to re-read that book. I enjoyed it and thought it was well written but not exceptional. It certainly didn't leave me with the impression that it is the paragon of quality that everyone else seems to think it is.
I'd tend to agree with you about both Ron and Jerry's books - they are informative and a great insight into climbing at the time and most of all, they are accessible. When I pick my climbing literature, I'm not looking for Shakespeare or Hardy (was about to say Dickens, but I don't particularly like Dickens' verbosity!).
His dog sniffed my b*lls once - I thought about getting a t-shirt done!
What did people expect Mills and Bloody Boon?
Nah - Ron and jerry
The only problem was I was so star-struck and he was so modest we barely said a word to each other! My girlfriend had to tell him I had tried cream the week before! I did shake his hand twice though!
Absolute legend though!
LOL! I was doing some horrible route LHS of Carls Wark and was just baling out after calling for a top-rope when he soloed up Bubbles I think, traversed around at mid height for a bit, came over to me and told me the route I was on was pokey, traversed off again as I quickly top-roped out and then waved when he looked up at me again....fraud that I was!
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