We have discussed, for the most part, Jim Perrin’s book West— the book, his publisher later told us, ‘he should never have written’… But he, no doubt testing the water, first wrote his lies about our sister in The Climbing Essays, before transposing the entire first chapter, with added embellishments, into West. We say ’embellishments’ — they WERE lies, and lies of a profoundly vile nature. Unfortunately we were unaware of that earlier book’s existence; it was only when we discovered West and did further research that we read ‘the Essays’. Had we known we would have taken action earlier; if a solicitor’s letter had been sent to the publisher of the first book Jim Perrin’s worst excesses in his second (at least as far as our sister was concerned) might have been curbed. He was however quite taken with his notion of ‘his triad of tragedy’ — going so far as to invent ‘terminal lung cancer’ for his third element.
In the introduction to The Climbing Essays these words were used:
‘ And what has distinguished him perhaps above all is his immense lack of ego. “I am not hubristic.” Jim writes, and if anyone else wrote this we would not believe them, for to deny one’s egotism is usually to demonstrate one’s egotism. But with Jim it is true.’ …
In similar vein the following description of Jim Perrin was posted after the ‘Tremfest’ 2014 event: ‘Jim’s style is very charming and intimate. He’s a relaxed, humble man.’
Sadly these comments are so very wide of the mark… although they do help to explain why so many people, at first taken in by his ‘charm’, have been so completely hoodwinked by Jim Perrin’s undoubted guile.