AUTHORS

Robert Wainwright

Robert Wainwright has worked as a journalist for 30 years and is the author of eleven books, including Sheila and The Maverick Mountaineer. He lives in London.

BOOKS BY THIS AUTHOR

REVIEWS

As social history Sheila Chisholm's life is fascinating... it's undeniably enjoyable to read of all that glitter and gold.Selina Hastings
The Spectator, on SHEILA

The charm of Wainwright's biography is that he makes us see what an engaging, admirable and sometimes heroic quality it is to be a life-enhancer like Sheila.
Daily Mail, on SHEILA

Nothing short of impressive... Wainwright has revived a legend.
The Lady, on SHEILA

A] compelling biography... As a study of a man whose greatness we would do well to remember and applaud, it sparkles.
The Independent, on THE MAVERICK MOUNTAINEER

Wainwright chronicles it all with aplomb... Wainwright has done a fine job of rescuing his protagonist from the footnotes of climbing history.
Daily Telegraph, on THE MAVERICK MOUNTAINEER

As social history Sheila Chisholm's life is fascinating... it's undeniably enjoyable to read of all that glitter and gold.Selina Hastings
Spectator

A marvelously entertaining story that at times resembles a glossy television period drama.
Daily Express

A sensational look at how a country girl became a city socialite... a rip-roaring biography.
Marie Claire

The charm of Wainwright's biography is that he makes us see what an engaging, admirable and sometimes heroic quality it is to be a life-enhancer like Sheila.Jane Shilling
Daily Mail

Sparkling... an eminently readable and lively account of a woman who, in many ways, epitomised the glamour and style of the Jazz Age.
Country Life

Nothing short of impressive... Wainwright has revived a legend.
The Lady

A seductively antipodean Auntie Mame.
The Times

This splendid biography evokes the glamour of a vanished age.
Mail on Sunday

[A] compelling biography... As a study of a man whose greatness we would do well to remember and applaud, it sparkles.
Independent

Finch emerges from the pages of Robert Wainwright's The Maverick Mountaineer as a keen explorer of geographical, professional and romantic terrain... Wainwright chronicles it all with aplomb... Wainwright has done a fine job of rescuing his protagonist from the footnotes of climbing history. He has restored the reputation of a man whose achievements were frequently overshadowed by the romantic fate of Mallory and the later triumph of Edmund Hillary. We rediscover a climber who, as Finch phrased it, had "the craft at his finger-ends".
Daily Telegraph

Finch was the best technical climber of his time, and he reached farther up Everest than anyone had done before - stopping only to carry a novice companion to safety. Few Western climbers have contributed as much...The best passages... are those that describe the battle of scientific progress against entrenched snobbery - a fight that may have cost Finch the chance to stand on top of the world, but ought to be remembered.
The Economist

Robert Wainwright has conjured up the rasp of crampons on sheet ice, the taste of peaches eaten from the tin, and the bitchiness endemic among the frozen-bearded tribe of climbers and explorers
Spectator

Fascinating
Sydney Morning Herald

Tells the story of a difficult, brilliant man whose remarkable achievements were overshadowed by those of the better-known Mallory and Sir Edmund Hillary.
Daily Mail

A marvellously entertaining story that at times resembles a glossy television period drama.
Daily Express on Sheila

The charm of Wainwright's biography is that he makes us see what an engaging, admirable and sometimes heroic quality it is to be a life-enhancer like Sheila.Jane Shilling, Daily Mail on Sheila

This splendid biography evokes the glamour of a vanished age.
Mail on Sunday on Sheila

Wainwright's extremely readable style is largely linear, with tantalising references to future events.
Yorkshire Post

The Maverick Mountaineer is a skilfully written books which contains much assiduous research. The narrative is thoughtfully enhanced by the use of diaries and letters from the Finch family archive.
Climb Magazine