/ Wainwright's Biography - Hunter Davies

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Rob Exile Ward on 15 Feb 2013
Just finished re-reading this - re-reading because I wasn't sure about my first impressions when I read it when it first came out.

But they're still the same: what an extraordinarily unpleasant, selfish, curmudgeonly, mean, bitter, vindictive, self pitying and nasty piece of work he was! Absolutely the last person I would ever have wanted to meet on the hills. (No doubt the feeling would have been mutual.)
Trangia - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

Funny you should say that! I read it just before Christmas and felt the same, although his dry humour comes across in his writings and I wonder if he was like that when you met him? People with a dry sense of humour are often misunderstood when people fail to see the hidden humour there.
Simon Caldwell - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:

What do you expect, he was a Lancastrian ;-)
bullybones - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:
Apparently he was crap at walking too - couldn't even climb a wall.
The Mark E Smith of the hills. You should never expect your heroes to be nice people.
Dave Garnett - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to bullybones:

His beer's not bad though. Bitter, obviously.
Andy Say - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:
Wainwright or Hunter Davies?
Chris the Tall - on 15 Feb 2013
In reply to bullybones:

> The Mark E Smith of the hills. You should never expect your heroes to be nice people.

Excellent !

AWs guides inspired me in my teenage fell-walking, which lead to me taking up climbing, but I do find the cult that's grown up around him a bit odd. Then again, Julia Bradbury as high priestess in white flowing robes has a certain appeal....


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