Worth the agonyBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1267 (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1267
- Bernard Dixon
“Until I fell foul of some unfriendly fellows that guard the catchment grounds of the Pennine Way, I never thought much about water except as an additive to Scotch….”
Like every sentence John Hillaby ever penned, this opener from one of his New Scientist columns is instantly enticing. We're about to hear a story. There's a location, a touch of self deprecation, a hint of combat. John is going to discuss a serious matter with both wit and erudition. And a drink isn't far away.
Hillaby, who died recently aged 79, is most widely known for his walking books, from Journey to the Jade Sea in …