Full of Myself

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By Johnny Dawes
Category Books Reviewed byEd Douglas
Date Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Rating Rating 4 out of 5

Johnny Dawes' long-awaited memoir is uneven but doesn't disappoint. Quirky, funny and at times brilliantly written, it's among the most creative efforts by a British rock climber ever published. Dawes sees rock and movement on rock in ways that simply don't occur to most climbers – and describes them brilliantly.

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Play Up, Then Cheat

Posted by Ed Douglas at 1.54 PM

So I’m working away, listening to the cricket, when my friend Henry Iddon mentions on twitter that he’s reading Frank Nugent’s entertaining history of early Irish mountaineers, of whom our joint favourite is Lizzie Le Blond, whose climbing activities became a society scandal. Anyway, Lizzie’s first husband was the adventurer and army officer Fred Burnaby, who admitted with refreshing honesty that Lizzie was both more adventurous and much, much more intelligent, shortly before he met his death at the Battle of Abu Klea, ...
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