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The Brilliant Outsider - Robert Wainwright

The Brilliant Outsider

Paperback Published: 23rd January 2017
ISBN: 9780733338090
Number Of Pages: 432

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George Ingle Finch, mountaineer, soldier, scientist, rebellious spirit, boy from the bush, was in his day one of the most famous men in the world. In 1922 he stood at the highest point on Everest, a feat not bettered for 30 years. He invented the predecessor to the puffer jacket and pioneered the use of oxygen in climbing. A World War I hero whose skills also helped save London from burning to the ground during the Blitz of World War II, he was a renowned scientist who was personally chosen by Nehru, the first Indian prime minister, to help lead his nation into the modern world.

With a private life torn by war and misguided by social norms, a reputation as an outsider among the British alpine climbing establishment, and some rough and ready 'colonial' habits, Finch was a brilliantly colourful character - so why has he vanished from the pages of history? In this first full-length biography, Robert Wainwright surveys the man who is now best known as the father of Academy award-winning actor Peter Finch - but who was so much more.

About the Author

Robert Wainwright's previous books include the international bestseller, Sheila: the Australian ingenue who bewitched British society. He has written about Rose Porteous, Ian Thorpe, Martin Bryant and about the murder of Caroline Byrne. Robert is fascinated by characters - good or flawed - and in what drives them. In George Ingle Finch, his maverick mountaineer, he has found an outstanding personality: complex, ambitious and volatile. Robert was born in WA but now lives in London with his wife, journalist Paola Totaro, and their family.

ISBN: 9780733338090
ISBN-10: 0733338097
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 23rd January 2017
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.41

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