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Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life (John E Gillett)
« on: October 27, 2018, 05:01:36 pm »
“Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life” by John E Gillett (2002)


A rather splendid journal of the life and times of a caver written for the enjoyment of those who have been intrigued by the pursuit (but never pursued it) as well as those of us who have.

The underground adventure of the author starts in 1958 after being endowed with enthusiasm from the local library’s stock of science fiction literature. A keenness to explore a new world, a different world, fuelled the desire to begin (and then pursue) caving. The passion is quickly enflamed by the discoveries made leading to adventures both at home and across the seas. And your journey as the reader begins ....

This is a compelling and rich book filled with that “I want to read more” itch that prevents you from putting it down. You follow the author through many twists and turns – some familiar and some not. Clever and eloquent writing, Set off with illustrations (again by the author).

This is a fantastic read.


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Re: Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life (John E Gillett)
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2018, 06:46:50 pm »
Excellent book. A few years ago I was with Boyd (who is mentioned in the book) in Inglesport and after seeing the book on the bookshelf, I bought it. As I left the shop, Boyd was outside talking to someone who was passing. When I asked who it was he had been talking to, Boyd said "An friend of mine, John Gillett". A bit of a coincidence.
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Re: Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life (John E Gillett)
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 04:01:20 pm »
John and I had lunch together early this year and were talking about John's days in the Army with Boyd - National Service squaddies at Catterick.  Boyd was there from 1956 to 1958 and had introduced John, and numerous others, to caving and we worked out that Boyd was the person who had introduced Neil Moss to caving when Neil was an Officer Cadet at Catterick, before he went to university.

Boyd and others, including people like Fred Davies from the Shepton, ran the "Dales Club" and used to hitch out from Catterick to places like Wharfedale to go caving.  It seems Dowber Gill was a favourite of theirs and they didn't need to take tents with them as most farmers in those days were happy to allow them to sleep in the barn - everyone had a soft spot for the National Serviceman.  Boyd reckoned they lived on 7 lb. tins of Army baked beans and "Pom", issued by the cook house when they headed off for the weekend and drew supplies.

Joh has written 3 books about the early caving days, the third has only just been published and I haven't got a copy yet - it's called "Sixty Years of Caves and Caving".

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Re: Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life (John E Gillett)
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 11:51:03 am »
Yep I can vouch for John's latest book. It is basically an updated version to "Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life" but with added chapters but certainly, he has you hooked with his tales of adventures! John is also still very keen to get out and cave, so I am hoping to do a non vertical trip in Derbyshire with him sometime soon!

“Of Caves and Caving, a way and a life” by John E Gillett (2002)


A rather splendid journal of the life and times of a caver written for the enjoyment of those who have been intrigued by the pursuit (but never pursued it) as well as those of us who have.

The underground adventure of the author starts in 1958 after being endowed with enthusiasm from the local library’s stock of science fiction literature. A keenness to explore a new world, a different world, fuelled the desire to begin (and then pursue) caving. The passion is quickly enflamed by the discoveries made leading to adventures both at home and across the seas. And your journey as the reader begins ....

This is a compelling and rich book filled with that “I want to read more” itch that prevents you from putting it down. You follow the author through many twists and turns – some familiar and some not. Clever and eloquent writing, Set off with illustrations (again by the author).

This is a fantastic read.


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