A selection of the comments & feedback from readers

"It is an important text in the social history of climbing, knowledgeable and authentic. It is more than that - it is a unique, fabulous book." Jim Perrin

*****

"I'm not saying I agree with all of what Alan says, but if you want a cogent opinion, interspersed with laughs, about education, politics, animal or human rights, climbing or even climbers, this book is for you." Leo Houlding

*****

"This book deserves a wider readership than climbers. Descriptions of natural landscapes brought to life by the sounds of grouse and curlew, the sights of gannets diving and waders probing for food at the sea's edge and the way he allows his imagination to fuse musical memory and mental imagery, takes you into another world. His eye for the beauty of an oil refinery silhouetted against the setting sun in Salford reminded me of my first job at the ICI chemical plant. I commented on the beauty of the colour coded pipework silhouetted by the sun setting over the Mersey estuary to my then workmates; they thought I was mad.  Being caught out by a rogue wave while inspecting a cliff in Brittany, climbing on the Outer Hebridean isles of Mingulay and Pabbay, the eccentricities of Ally Cowburn, all memories of my own, were brought vividly to light. Without claiming to be a political animal myself, I found his political interventions hard to disagree with." Tom Leppert

*****

"This is an excellent book by Alan Hubbard which gives his views on environmental issues, politics, climbing, careers and a host of other topics. He is a keen socialist and gives the Tories a good slagging off in much of the book, so it gets my full seal of approval for this alone." James McHaffie

*****

"I really enjoyed this book - it brought back fantastic memories of what it was like back in the day. It's real, funny, reflective and in parts profound. It's ordinary and extraordinary, linking social history, the development of modern climbing and a shifting political spectrum." Nigel Holmes

*****

"This is one of the best climbing books I've read for years. Whatever subject it tackles, wherever it takes you, it is grass roots stuff. I couldn't put it down." Colin Downer

*****

 

"Very rarely does a book manage to be both vibrantly alive and honestly reflective simultaneously, but "I'm Alan Hubbard, who are you?" is one such book! It evokes on an often visceral level the trials and the ecstatic joy of a life lived to its fullest and at its most vibrantly individualistic, yet at the same time it manages to position this drive within the context of the wider world and society and our shared responsibility for an as yet undecided future. All of this is deliciously interwoven by a wire-like thread of humour that serves to bind the narrative and resolve the tensions generated by the varied events, positions and reflections it portrays." Dave (Bear) McGrath Wilkinson

*****

"I enjoyed it thoroughly. I found it to be very like sharing a conversation and a drink in pleasant surroundings. Perhaps the thing that endeared me most to the writing was the feeling that it was done by a real person in a time when real personalities are somewhat uncommon." David Wolhuter 

*****

"Your incisive observations, deep concern and appreciation in matters  of humanity and nature, detailed memories of people and places  communicated with spirit and inexhaustible energy plus profound  paganish response to the marvel of life in so many forms which flow from your book, are priceless! Thank you."  Iain Hunter

*****

"Wow, what a book! I couldn't put it down. It felt like you were  talking to me, not that I was reading it. I laughed out loud and cried in some parts, I hope that was your intention! Your description of your early life in Salford evoked many memories for me. Dave would  have loved it, especially the political rants."  Jean Cowans

*****

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