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2014 Boardman Tasker Shortlist Announced

The 2014 short list for the Boardman Tasker annual literature award has been announced.

The overall winner of the award and £3000 prize will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival later this year.

From the BT website:

There has been an unusually high number of books entered for this year's award; the judges have had more than forty titles to consider before compiling a shortlist.

This year's judges Audrey Salkeld (Chair), Chris Harle and Robin Campbell, have selected the following books for this year's shortlist:

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Tears of the Dawn

by Jules Lines by Shelterstone 288 pages £20-00

ISBN 978-0-9576817-0-5

Tells of his three decades of extreme climbing, much of it solo. A riveting read and often very scary.

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My Father, Frank, Unresting Spirit of Everest

by Tony Smythe by Vertebrate Publishing 356 pages £20-00

ISBN 9781898573876

Frank was an absent father when Tony and his brothers were growing up. This is an attempt, reluctantly taken up at first, to get to know who this man was, who created unique success out of multiple disadvantages, skewed relationships and failures.

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IN SEARCH OF PEAKS, PASSES & GLACIERS IRISH ALPINE PIONEERS

by Frank Nugent by The Collins Press 320 pages £26-99

ISBN 978-1-84889-178-4

Teases out the impressive Irish contribution to early Alpine history with much new or little-known material.

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NANGA PARBAT 1970,Tragedy and Controversy

by Richard Sale & Jochen Hemmleb by Carreg Ltd 208 pages £25-00

ISBN 978-0-9563163-2-5

Useful round-up of all the accusations, rebuttals and new evidence that have followed the ill-fated first ascent of the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat by the brothers Reinhold and Gunther Messner. Gunther disappeared during the subsequent traverse and descent.

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LAW UNTO HIMSELF

by Michael Law by Open Spaces Publishing 196 pages £9-95

ISBN 978-0-9875264-1-0

Compelling autobiography of Australian 'New Wave' rock climber is entertaining in its own right, as well as providing comprehensive history of this period of Aussie activity.

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HANGING ON, A LIFE INSIDE BRITISH CLIMBING'S GOLDEN AGE

by Martin Boysen by Vertebrate Publishing 265 pages £20-00

ISBN 9781910240007

Thoughtful reflections over a 55-year climbing career which took him from Harrison's Rocks to the world's greater ranges.

 



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