The Ascent of Britain's Slate-climbing Scene
New Welsh Rarebyte (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 4. Juni 2020
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  • 870 Seiten
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Bobby Drury left Liverpool after O-levels, knowing he had f***ed them up. Free now, he hitched to Snowdonia. His mum came crying on the phone, 'You've failed them all.' Bobby knew that. 'No, Mum, I've led Vector.' This was Thatcher's lost generation. The slate quarries were walking distance; they'd have a smoke, a party in an abandoned hut, try and climb something. A small culture emerged of punks, nutters, artists and petty thieves, crawling up abandoned rock, then heading to the disco at the Dolbadarn. These were the Slateheads.

The people in these interleaving worlds - the punk dole dropout star- climbers; the Victorian quarrymen pioneers; the Welsh-speaking grandson of a ropeman, abseiling in to bolt sport climbs like Orangutang Overhang in the Noughties, Lee and his mates slogging west today - all are polished like nuggets in this 360° view over patience, pride, respect, thrill, movement, the competing claims of home and agency, and above all, a belief in second chances.

'Witty, absorbing, wide- ranging and razor-sharp account of a love affair with rock' Helen Mort

'Good and clear and honest. Like the climbers it presents, the story is careful and risk-taking, ambitious and humble. These are the things of great writing.' Cynan Jones

'Peter Goulding gives a personal account of falling in love with the north Wales slate quarries, immersing himself in the climbs and the history... As well as the climbing scene, Peter has done a great job of looking into the life and hazards of the quarrymen themselves, their past times and some of the histories of the conflicts between the communities and the clueless aristocratic quarry owners who cared little for the health of employees... An intriguing read.' James (Caff) McHaffie

'Incredibly gripping and emotional... a cast of wonderful characters... thrilling and nerve-wracking... I longed for these heroes to achieve their aims... Feels like a group rock and roll biography.' Cathryn Summerhayes, Curtis Brown

1. Auflage
  • Englisch
  • Aberystwyth
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  • Großbritannien
New Welsh Review Ltd
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  • 14,39 MB
978-1-9161501-4-0 (9781916150140)
Peter Goulding is a climber from the north of England. Most of his working life has been spent in pubs, kitchens and on building sites. He currently works at Center Parcs as an instructor, and is an alumnus of UEA.

1 You Are Now Leaving the Future

2 Mental Lentils

3 Comes the Dervish

4 Turn of the Century

5 Gideon

6 Flat

7 Opening Gambit

8 Twll Mawr

9 Fresh Air

10 Bluebottle

11 Never Never Land

12 Llanber'

13. Red and Yellow and Pink and Green...

14. The Rainbow of Recalcitrance

15 The Quarrymen

16 The Take Over by Department C

17 Hogiau Pen Garret

18. Avalanche

19 Moving Being

20 The Very Big and the Very Small

21 Dawes of Perception

22 The Quarryman

23 Supermassive Black Hole

24 Mister Blister

25 Time Bandit

26 The End

27 Staying and Leaving

28 Tambourine Man

29 The Meltdown

30 Instructor Job

31 Between the Here and Now

32 Le Grandpere

33 Y Rhaffwr

34 Slippery People

35 Endnotes

36 Climbing Terms

37 Biography & Further Reading

38 Quarry Names

39. Index

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