Vertebrate owner Jon Barton climbing The Art of Japan at Curbar Edge in the Peak District. Photo: John Coefield.
Based in Sheffield, on the doorstep of the Peak District, we’re blessed with access to world-class hillwalking, running, mountain biking and climbing and this provides the ongoing inspiration for our ever-expanding range of books.
We released our first title, Dark Peak Mountain Biking: True Grit Trails, in 2004 to critical acclaim. Bikemagic.com called it ‘a very high-quality volume and certainly far and away the best Peak guide we’ve come across’, and Singletrack was also impressed: ‘One of the best guides to the Peak District we have come across.’ It’s been reprinted, reissued as an all-new edition and continues to inspire riders visiting the Peak.
Our range of mountain biking guidebooks now totals eighteen books, covering most of the UK along with a guide to the amazing riding in the Western Alps. MBR magazine called our MTB guides ‘a series of glossy, highly polished and well researched guidebooks to some of the UK’s favourite riding spots’. That’s certainly our plan. We want to provide MTBers with well-researched, informative, functional, inspirational and great-looking MTB guidebooks that document the superb riding across the length and breadth of the UK. So, if you want to go riding somewhere, you can count on us to point you in the right direction.
But we don’t just publish mountain biking guidebooks. We’ve developed a range of hillwalking guidebooks to England and Wales, with more on the way, and we also have a number of popular cycling guidebooks. Being local climbers, we also have a couple of local climbing guidebooks on our list, including the guides to Peak District Bouldering. and Lake District Bouldering.
In January 2009 we published our first narrative title, the autobiography of British rock climbing legend Jerry Moffatt, cowritten with Irish writer Niall Grimes. Critically acclaimed, Revelations has proven to be a great success and scooped the Grand Prize at the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival – one of the biggest prizes in publishing in the outdoor, adventure, and environment genres. With the hardback edition sold through, the book is now available in trade paperback and has been reprinted a few times.
In late 2009 we secured the UK and Irish rights to American alpinist Steve House’s Boardman Tasker Prize-winning title Beyond the Mountain, and we published this in trade paperback in the UK in early 2010. Rock Athlete, our autobiography of British rock climber Ron Fawcett – co-written with Ed Douglas – was published in March 2010 and went on to win the 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize. Since then, we’ve published many other climbing narratives – several of which we’re proud to say have either won or been nominated for awards, including John Porter’s One Day as a Tiger which won the Grand Prize at Banff in 2014, Andy Kirkpatrick’s Cold Wars which won the 2012 Boardman Tasker Prize, and Simon McCartney’s epic book The Bond, which won the 2016 Mountain Literature award in Banff and the 2016 Boardman Tasker Prize – our first book to do a Banff/BT ‘double’.
In early 2013 we acquired Bâton Wicks from Ken Wilson, and have made many of classic mountaineering books available in digital formats and, from late 2016, in print-on-demand formats as well. We are continuing to acquire the publishing rights to out-of-print books and are committed to ensuring they are made available in years to come.
And finally in 2014 we published our first children's book under the Shrine Bell imprint, where we aim to publish inspiring adventure stories for the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
If you think there’s a book that needs publishing – or republishing – and it would be right up our street, then read our notes on submissions and please do get in touch.