2017 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature Shortlist Announced

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The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature continues to attract a substantial level of entries. This year there were 34 entries, from Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Italy and France.

The Award will be made at the Boardman Tasker event at the Kendal Mountain Festival, on Friday November 17th 2017.

Tickets are available here.

The judges for 2017 are Helen Mort (Chair), Peter Gillman and Kate Moorehead.  

They have selected the following six books for this year’s shortlist:

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Tommy Caldwell
The Push
Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House

A candid, bold and compelling book which doesn't shy away from delving into psychoanalytic territory. Tommy Caldwell’s climbing achievements are remarkable and ‘The Push’ offers a fascinating insight into big wall free climbing and the unexpected challenges that characterise a life in sport.


Rob Collister
Days to Remember
Baton Wicks

This is a thoughtful, varied and highly literate book, evoking journeys in mountain landscapes that are often solitary, but seldom lonely. There’s a sense of honesty and humility in Rob Collister’s prose and his reflections on life as a mountain guide.


Ed Douglas
The Magician’s Glass
Vertebrate Publishing

A finely crafted set of essays exploring climbing controversies, failures and the impact mountaineering has on local communities. This collection sees Ed Douglas training his keen eye on some of the most celebrated - and infamous - stories and personalities in the climbing world.


Erhard Loretan & Jean Ammann  
Night Naked
Mountaineers Books

This first account of Erhard Loretan’s achievements in English is well paced and literary, characterised by a wide, lively, thoughtful choice of vocabulary, interesting figurative language and self-deprecating, ironic humour.


Bernadette McDonald
Art of Freedom
Vertebrate Publishing

A very accomplished biography of one of the greatest alpinists of all time, lucidly and economically written. ‘Art of Freedom’ is a profound and subtle profile of one of the international climbing world’s most complex and reclusive mountaineers, Voytek Kurtyka.

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Christopher Nicholson
Among the Summer Snows
September Publishing

Lyrical and elegaic, this debut is a tender account of an unusual fascination with the remaining snows of the Scottish Highlands. Nicholson offers us a wry, self-aware take on the relationship between humans and the changed (and changing) natural world.

This is the fourth year in succession that the Award has generated more than 30 entries and it continues to attract a high level of interest.

Steve Dean
Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust