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Two Vertebrate Titles Shortlisted for the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition

Friday, 16th September 2016

We're delighted to announce that two of our titles have been shortlisted as category finalists for the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition.

Simon McCartney’s mountaineering narrative The Bond is one of just seven finalists in the Mountain and Wilderness Literature category, the book’s second major nomination following the announcement of the 2016 shortlist for the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature in late August.

Andy Kirkpatrick, a two-time winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize, has also made the Banff shortlist in the Guidebooks category, with 1001 Climbing Tips, an innovative take on the traditional ‘how-to’ book.

Following the announcement of the shortlist, Vertebrate’s publishing manager John Coefield commented: ‘Once again the Banff shortlists demonstrate the strength of outdoor and mountaineering publishing, and alongside our own titles it’s encouraging to see other British authors and publishers make the shortlist. With 1001 Climbing Tips, Andy has demonstrated it’s possible to subvert the conventional when tackling the instruction-book genre, and Simon’s book, many years in the making, is receiving the acclaim it deserves following its nomination at Banff and for this year’s Boardman Tasker Prize.’

With a prize fund of C$16,000, the Canadian awards represent the biggest prizes in publishing in the outdoor, adventure and environment genres. The category award winners will be announced in mid October, and the grand prize winner will be announced at the Banff festival on Thursday 3 November 2016.

Vertebrate titles have scooped the grand prize on two prior occasions: in 2009, with Revelations by Jerry Moffatt and Niall Grimes, and in 2014, with One Day as a Tiger by John Porter.

The Bond by Simon McCartney Book Cover Image1001 Climbing Tips by Andy Kirkpatrick Cover Image

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