Our previous post incorporated a report recently sent to us and it was noted that on his Linkedin page Jim Perrin claimed to be the Creative Director, MA, in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. Our post showed conclusively that this was a lie, and Jim Perrin was guilty of false pretences. He had never been, nor was he to ‘aujourdui’ (as he had stated) the holder of this position.
Following this post another well-wisher, one with some connection to the university, has contacted us to tell us that ‘West’, a book by Jim Perrin, was included in the list of recommended reading of that department…
Those who are familiar with our site will be aware with what abhorrence this book is held — not only by ourselves, Jac’s family, but by many others. (Indeed, Tobi Mundi, who founded Atlantic Books, and who published ‘West’, later told us that ‘It was the book [Jim Perrin] should never have written’.)
That it should be on the recommended reading list at Bath Spa so disturbed us that we contacted Stephen Moss — the actual head of that department — and explained our deep misgivings. His response was instant and courteous, and to our relief and great gratitude he removed it. He explained that it was probably included in the list by Paul Evans, a previous head of department, (and someone Jim Perrin has claimed in the past as his ‘best buddy’), and most definitely it should be deleted.
Any student, guided by this reading list, and who undertook to read ‘West’ almost certainly would have researched it’s author Jim Perrin; almost as certainly they would have found our website, ‘jacssisters.org’. Much as we deplore the book, and the man who so deceitfully wrote it, it could surely be said that this cloud (its further publicising) has a silver lining. Anyone reading the posts on our site can discover for themselves that the author of ‘West’ is a liar, a cruel and malevolent person, and in so many other regards nothing less than a charlatan.