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I would also like to dedicate this book to ordinary people I may never know.
"Let not Ambition mock their useful toil,
Their homely joys, and destiny obscure:
Nor Grandeur hear, with a disdainful smile,
The short and simple annals of the poor."
This verse from Thomas Gray’s beautiful "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" says much about the tone of this book. Whoever we are, however humble our lives may have been, we are part of the tapestry of the world we have lived in. Believe in your relevance.
"I'm Alan Hubbard, who are you?" was longlisted for the 2021 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, an annual award for literary works concerned with the mountain environment. The prize of £3,000 commemorates the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker and is given to the author or co-authors of an original work, which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature. 2021 Kendal Mountain Festival.
I'm Alan Hubbard
Growing up during the second world war in Salford, being at the same school as actor Albert Finney and artist Harold Riley, a climbing contemporary of Joe Brown, Don Whillans and Chris Bonington - none of whom knew him, Alan Hubbard tells his own story of a nobody. It spans eight decades and counting of turbulent change. Status, wealth, letters after names, reputations don't automatically impress him - respect must be earned. Politicians and public school alumni are treated with suspicion but not written off. Authority has its place but not necessarily over him. A free spirit has his say.