Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Anthony Greenbank

Anthony Greenbank is a name known to many who have collected annuals as his features and stories have appeared in Eagle and Boys Own Paper, Eagle AnnualGirl Annual, Boys' World Annual and Daily Mirror Book for Boys amongst others. Many of his stories have been about climbing, hiking and outdoor activities which is a subject he has been an expert on for many years. According to one source, Greenbank has climbed some of the world's tallest peaks, has fought forest fires and lived through harrowing motorcycle crashes.

Anthony Hunt Greenbank  was born in Settle, Yorkshire, on 21 December 1933, the son of Anthony and Marjorie Greenbank. He was educated at schools in Yorkshire and served his National Service in the R.A.F. in 1952-54. He worked as a Chartered Librarian in Newcastle School of Librarianship, 1955-57, and been an instructor on outward bound courses in Cumberland in 1959-60 and Marble, Colorado, in 1964.

Tony Greenbank has more recently contributed to Cumbria Magazine, Whitehaven News and pens a 'Country Diary' feature for The Guardian.



Instructions in Rock Climbing. London, Museum Press, 1963.  
Caving and Potholing, with Donald Robinson. London, Constable, 1964.
Climbing, Canoeing, Ski-ing and Caving. Kingswood, Surrey, Elliot Right Way Books, 1964.
The Book of Survival. How to save your skin when disaster strikes without warning. London, Wolfe Publishing, 1967; revised as The Survival Handbook. How to save your skin when disaster strikes without warning, London, Bell & Hyman, 1985.
Instructions in Mountaineering. London, Museum Press, 1967.
Mr Tough. The powerkit of fitness and strength for all men, illus. John Bruce. London, Wolfe Publishing, 1969; as Build a New Body, London, New English Library, 1973.
Survival in the City, illus. Colin Harrington. London, Wolfe Publishing, 1974.
Survival for Young People, illus. Jerry Malone and others. London, Harrap, 1975; as A Handbook for Emergencies: Coming Out Alive, New York, Doubleday, 1976.
Enjoy Your Rockclimbing. London, Pelham, 1976.
Climbing for Young People. London, Harrap, 1977.
Knowing Rowing, with Ronnie Howard. London, George Allen & Unwin, 1977.
Walking, Hiking and Backpacking. London, Constable, 1977.
Camping for Young People. London, Harrap,  1979.
Getting About in the Great Outdoors, illus. Andrew Skilleter. Harmondsworth, Kestrel, 1984; revised, Harmondsworth, Puffin Books, 1985.
Walking Britain's Skyline: 45 Classic Routes (as Tony Greenbank), foreword by Chris Bonnington. Swindon, Crowood, 1991.

Non-fiction by Nigel Hunt
Adventures in Canoeing. London, Pelham Books, 1964.
Camping. Leicester, Brockhampton Press, 1969.


  1. Is Anthony Greenbank still alive?

  2. I believe he's not only still alive but also still contributing to The Guardian.



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