A few kind words:

“I think it's brilliant and what a huge amount of work/research you've put
in.  It's a good laugh but there are also a lot of useful nuggets of information.
Naturally I immediately turned to my entry and I must say I think you've
been very fair and accurately and humorously catch how I'm perceived by my fellow climbers and at the same time you are kind enough to give me
credit where it is due. As the great Tom Patey said, it's much better to be
laughed at than ignored.
It's all a great read and at the same time very useful.”
Sir Chris Bonington

"Book arrived safe and sound - thank you very much for a very efficient and speedy service with a lovely personal touch."
Marion Boulton

"Just a brief note to thank you for the speedy delivery of Colin Wells's book which arrived safely this morning -- two days after I posted the order -- I was well impressed.
I am very pleased with the book which is in fine condition and on first glance looks to be full of interest and promises to be a good laugh. Thank you for your kind attention and excellent service.
Robin Gay

This is a book that no enlightened mountain book collector should be without, and any household with climbers should have to hand. It reinvigorates new lines of interest and enquiry. Wells has been a tireless researcher and his commentaries I found delightful, inspiring, infuriating and enlightening in equal measure.
Ken Wilson, Climb Magazine review

If you're a climber yourself or a lover of mountaineering literature and history with its inter-crossing cast of names, WWIBC is a brilliant way of looking up precised life and career histories, but essentially it's an ideal way of killing idle moments - bathroom moments? - with bite-sized biographical chunkettes.
Jon Doran, review

A good old-fashioned Boys' Bumper Book of British Climbing.
Marc Chrysanthou, UKC review

This is an amusing and enaging book, and one which should be beside everyone’s water closet.
Alan Heason, PlanetFear review


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Who's Who in British Climbing

The Biggest Book of the Decade

Selected mini-biographies of nearly 700 British climbers – many are dead, some are still alive!
Who’s Who in British Climbing contains nearly 700 mini-biographies of climbers – the romantics, eccentrics and buffoons that have made British climbing what it is: dissolute and hungover most of the time, with the odd unexpected burst of brilliance.
They form a world-class cast of eccentrics ranging from the most virtuous to the most hedonistically barbarous characters one could ever hope to meet.
At one end of the moral spectrum we have Archdeacon Hudson Stuck solemnly tutoring his native charges on ecclesiastical history while making the first ascent of Denali. At the other there's Satan-loving Aleister Crowley pleasuring himself in his tent on Kangchenjunga while his helpless avalanched companions were crying for help a few yards away.
In between are the usual sprinkling of psychotic nut jobs, consummate show-offs and infuriatingly brilliant athletes. Indeed, an appropriate alternative title for this tome might be The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. But which are which?
Ah, now that would be telling. You, dear reader, must decide.

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WWiBC,The Climbing Company Ltd, PO Box 21, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9NH.