Since we set up this site — to put the record straight — we have taken many detours from our main purpose; which was to give a truthful and detailed account of what we felt had been betrayal of our sister by the author, Jim Perrin. His cynical attempt, after she died, to profit from his false ‘autobiographical’ recollections of her in West (which is larded with lies) was reprehensible. Lies that we believe are risible or absolute inventions; lies that are bad-to-middling or, at the other end of his literary scale, self-glorifying and, about others, malevolent.
Some of what he wrote, as once he admitted to our sister — should it get into the wrong hands: `A shrink would have a field-day with this’
Certainly, undeniably, if he had not over the years honed his talent for ‘libelling libel-lessly’ there could have been several actions following the publication of that particular book: the book which, we have said elsewhere `is a travesty of the truth’ and in which he made a cats-cradle of his time-lines; this in a flagrant attempt to acquire some credibility for the story of his time with our sister ‘Jacquetta’. He also allowed himself the sadistic pleasure of traducing others by lying and alleging words and deeds against them specifically to impugn their reputations: in our opinion Jim Perrin is a bully and would not risk saying to their faces what he has written about them. Continue reading
Roger Alton denied our family the chance to refute the claims which Jim Perrin had made about our sister in an article in The Observer. The author’s assertions were extraordinary:
‘ Jacquetta [Jac] my lover, wife and friend of 40 years’
‘A previous man in her life [we know very well to whom he refers] had BEATEN HER savagely about the head.’
(Of her cancer) ‘She had surgery — chances of surviving beyond a very few YEARS minimal. In the event, MERCIFULLY, it would be only weeks.’ (Our capitals…) He also wrote, how dared he do so, that he was with Jac when she died!
Jim Perrin’s article was full of lies and ‘implications’ and we were profoundly shocked as those who now read the truth in our posts will readily understand. Surely, anyone faced with such wicked lies about a beloved member of their own family — and so soon after they had died — would have felt equally distressed and would also have wished to disclaim them? Continue reading
Had Roger Alton, in 2005, agreed to our family’s request — as behoved any intellectually honest editor (given the circumstances we explained to him) to respond to the article by Jim Perrin which he had published in his paper The Observer — instead of favouring his friend and climbing partner by denying that request, in all probability we would never have created jacssisters, the site which has enabled readers to access some of the more unpalatable truths about Jim Perrin and emboldened others to come forward with details of their own disturbing, and in some cases traumatic, experiences with him.
There can be no doubt that Roger Alton should have allowed our voice to be heard in 2005. Perhaps our response would have restrained that author’s hyperbole when he was writing West, and the knowledge that we had publicly expressed our rightful concern might at least have curbed his Worst Excesses.
But no: Jim Perrin has ‘Friends in High Places’, and he went on to write, with apparent impunity, the book which was such a travesty: we noted that some of those involved with its progress, and they will know who they are — thought it lacking in the quality sufficiently acceptable to allow it to be (even) long-listed for the ‘Wales Book of the Year’. We are really very grateful (it would have added insult to injury had he been rewarded for such a vile book) but as he has always been something of a ‘golden boy’ in the Welsh literary hierarchy and had very close ‘friendships’ with many of the women in that circle, this must have come as a considerable shock to Jim Perrin: clearly he had felt his ‘trajectory’ was assured — he wrote in one of his letters to our sister: ‘My work is highly thought of and receives much critical acclaim: my star is rising’… Continue reading