• "A packed and entertaining book . . . Exhaustively researched and beautifully written"

    M. John Harrison, The Guardian
  • "Wonderfully crafted . . . One of the most gifted chroniclers of mountaineering . . . Perrin records it all with a subtle sympathy, laying bare British mountaineering's most mythologized figure"

    The Independent
  • "An extraordinarily rich and unsentimental vision . . . The genius of this exceptional biography is that it articulates both sides of Whillans' character . . . It is by turns funny and tragic . . . This is a fine book. It was worth the wait"

  • "Compelling, beautifully written . . . There could not have been a better writer qualified to tell it"

    Ed Douglas, Climber
  • "A kind of modern tragedy . . . Yet for all his failings, Whillans remains a legend"


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