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Nick Bullock's debut book Echoes shortlisted for the 2013 Boardman Tasker Prize

Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

Nick Bullock’s debut book Echoes has been chosen as part of a four-title shortlist for this year's Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.

Established in 1983, this prestigious international prize is presented by the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust, which promotes literature by providing an award to authors of literary works, the central theme of which is concerned with mountains.

Bullock’s first book, Echoes tells his story as he fights to free himself from a life spent working in Britain’s most dangerous prisons and escape to a life in the mountains.

Reviewing Echoes in Climb Magazine, Stephen Venables said: ‘When some aspects of climbing are turning into another off-the-shelf consumer lifestyle as predictable as the Gap catalogue, Echoes offers a compelling picture of what the real thing is all about.’

Vertebrate's Publishing Manager John Coefield commented: ‘This is fantastic news for Nick and fully deserved. It’s one thing to have such a unique story to tell, but to be able to commit that story to paper in such a vivid and powerful way takes an author of real skill.’

The four title shortlist contains a variety of strong titles, including Shipton & Tilman by two-time BT winner Jim Perrin, Starry Night by Isabel Suppe, and Everest The First Ascent by Harriet Tuckey.

The Boardman Tasker Prize commemorates the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker – outstanding mountaineers and accomplished authors – who disappeared together high on Everest in 1982. It is given to the author or co-authors of an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature.

This is the fifth year in a row that a Vertebrate title has made the shortlist, and Vertebrate titles have won on two occasions – Ron Fawcett's Rock Athlete in 2010 and Andy Kirkpatrick’s Cold Wars in 2012.

As has become tradition in recent years, the winner will be announced at a special ceremony as part of the Kendal Mountain Festival in November.

For more information about the Boardman Tasker Prize visit: www.boardmantasker.com

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Notes to Editors

For more information contact John Coefield at Vertebrate Publishing on john.coefield@v-publishing.co.uk or +44 (0)114 267 9277.

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