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The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2017


The Boardman Tasker Judges had a tough job of picking the shortlist from 34 entriers.  The winner will be announced at the Kendal Mountain Festival on the 17th November 2017. For tickets to the Boardman Tasker award for Mountain Literature click here

For more info and to read about this legendary literature award go to

The 2017 Shortlist:

1) The Push: A climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits by Tommy Caldwell

(Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House)ISBN 978-0718183394

2) Days to Remember by Rob Collister

(Baton Wicks) ISBN 9781898573760


(Vertebrate Publishing) ISBN 978-1-911342-48-9

4) Among the Summer Snows by Christopher Nicholson

(September Publishing) ISBN 978-1910463604

5) Art of Freedom by Bernadette McDonald

(Vertebrate Publishing) ISBN 978-1-911342-51-9

6) Night Naked: A Climber’s Autobiography by Erhard Loretan with Jean Ammann

(Mountaineers Books) ISBN 978-1-68051-006-5

Submissions 2017 

1.“Nowt but a fleeing’ thing” by Al Phizacklea & Mike Cocker 

(Fell and Rock Climbing Club) 

2. Distant Snows, A Mountaineer's Odyssey by John Harding 

(Baton Wicks) ISBN 9781898573784

3. Eigerwand: A Climber's Guide to the 1938 Heckmair Route by Rick Kollath

4. Walking the Song by Hamish Brown 

(Sandstone Press) ISBN 9781910985588

5. The making of Mickey Bell by Kellan MacInnes

(Sandstone Press) ISBN 9781910985274

6. Running Hard: The story of rivalry by Steve Chilton

(Sandstone Press) ISBN 9781910985564

7. Norton of Everest by Hugh Norton

ISBN 9781910240922

8. THERE IS NO MAP IN HELL by Steve Birkinshaw

(Vertebrate Publishing) ISBN 9781910240946

9. MOUNTAIN: Nature and Culture by Veronica Della Dora

(Reaktion Books) ISBN 9781780236476

10. The Valentine House by Emma Henderson

(Holder & Stoughton) ISBN 9781444704020

11. The War is in the Mountains by Judith Matloff

(Duckworth Overlook) ISBN 9780715651896

12. Lofty Abodes by Philippa Foster

 (Philippa Foster Art Publishing) ISBN 978-1-5272-0799-8

13. Surviving Logan by Erik Bjarnason & Cathi Shaw 

 (Rocky Mountain Books) ISBN 978-1-77160-192-4

14. Ventoux by Jeremy Whittle 

 (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 978-1-4711-1300-0

15Colder by Sir Ranulph Fiennes        

 (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 978-1-4711-5355-6

16. Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains by Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent

 (Simon & Schuster) ISBN 978-1-4711-5656-4

17. The Last Hillwaker by John Burns

18. Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan

(Pan Macmillan) ISBN 978-1-4472-8016-3

19. The Scottish Bothy Book by Geoff Allan

 (Wild Things Publishing) ISBN978-1910636107

20. HIMALAYA-The Tribulations Of Mick & Vic by Mick Fowler & Victor Saunders

(Eric Vola, Mick Fowler, Victor Sanders) ISBN 9781326984274

21. HIGHER CALLING by Max Leonard

(Yellow Jersey Press) ISBN 9780224100380

22. Karakoram: climbing through the Kashmir Conflict by Steve Swenson

(Mountaineers Books) ISBN 978-1-59485-973-1

23. Found: A Life in Mountain Rescue by Bree Loewen

(Mountaineers Books) ISBN 978-1-68051-075-1

24. RISE THE DARK by Michael Koryta

(Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 978-1473614598

25. THE WHITE ROAD by Sarah Lotz

(Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 978-1473624573

26. WALKING THE AMERICAS by Levison Wood 

(Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 978-1473654068

27. The Wainwrights in Colour by Andy Beck

(Double Z) ISBN 978-0-9955762-0-9

28. The Girl Who Climbed Everest by Bonita Norris

(Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 978-147369750


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