The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature continues to attract a substantial level of entries. This year there were 32 entries, from Great Britain, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and the USA. The Award will be made at the Boardman Tasker event at the Kendal Mountain Festival, on Friday November 15th 2019.
The judges for 2019 are Roger Hubank (Chair), Katie Ives and Tony Shaw.
They have selected the following 6 books for this year’s shortlist:
No Easy Way
A third volume of memoirs of mountaineering in the greater ranges, written in Fowler’s inimitable style; self-deprecating, understated, never taking himself too seriously while at the same time conveying that what he is engaged in is very serious indeed.
Lands of Lost Borders
A gripping account of an epic journey, fraught with difficulties and dangers, made by the writer and her partner following the old Silk Road through many different countries.
A wide-ranging anthology of essays and articles by the prize-winning Canadian climber and journalist reflecting his life-long affair with mountains and mountain people.
An account of the life and death of the influential Austrian climber who soloed many first ascents In the Eastern Alps scorning artificial aids in preference for an ethically pure Alpine style.
An engaging account of the changes that took place in American rock climbing in the ‘70s and ‘80s told with great verve, through the stories of some fascinating characters from dyed-in-the-wool bottom-up traditionalists to top-down rap-bolters.
The Equilibrium Line
‘Poems inspired by climbing.’ An outstanding second collection by the poet and novelist examining ambition, failure, risk and where to draw the line in settings ranging from the gritstone crags to the Alps and further afield.
Once again the Award has generated more than 30 entries and it continues to attract a high level of interest.
Steve Dean, Secretary
Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust