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In a new, not very regular feature we talk about why we are great and other publishers are rubbish

Thursday, 17 November 2016

This week we compare brilliant books from us with the quite frankly mediocre and often quite pedestrian titles from the once great (and not very litigious) nation of Canada, in particular Rocky Mountain Books – or RMB as they emotively call themselves.

Take our book The Water Vole, a brilliant book about this dramatic and exciting aquatic mammal once found up and down our mighty river systems, what can RMB offer us? The Pipestone Wolves, a book mostly about a pack of surly looking dogs, yes it’s well researched, immaculately photographed and both poignant and evocative, but I’m sure you’ll agree not nearly as appealing as Ratty.

Then there is 11,000ers of the Canadian Rockies, a poor excuse for a guidebook detailing one non-descript ‘mountain’ after another, give me Peak Summits any day, eight classic walks, all finishing on a summit – some well over 800 feet in altitude, gasp!

If eliminates are your thing, sit-down starts, mantel-shelf finishes look no further than Peak District Bouldering – as the blurb says – the most comprehensive guide available to bouldering in the Peak District (home to Peak Summits) and what of Rocky Mountain Books? The Bold and the Cold, I ask you? It only covers twenty-five routes, barely an afternoon’s circuit I hear you say. Any suggestion that I’m not good enough to climb any of the routes in The Bold and the Cold perhaps has a grain of truth attached to it.

Rocky Mountain Books do publish the North American edition of One Day as a Tiger, so there’s one point for you guys, and you do have the Queen on your banknotes, so we will let you off.

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