/ Wainwright's Biography - Hunter Davies
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.)
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.
What do you expect, he was a Lancastrian ;-)
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.
His beer's not bad though. Bitter, obviously.
Wainwright or Hunter Davies?
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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