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Vertebrate Publishing signs three-book deal with bestselling author and mountaineer John D. Burns

Monday, 8th July 2019

Vertebrate has signed a three-book deal with mountaineer, actor and author John D. Burns. 

New paperback editions of The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales – shortlisted for The Great Outdoors Outdoor Book of the Year 2018 – will be published alongside Burns’ new title Sky Dance in September.

Written with humour and compassion, Burns’ three books explore the profound relationship between people and wild places and bring together over forty years’ experience in the mountains of the British Isles. First published in 2017, The Last Hillwalker has over 200 five-star reviews on Amazon. In Sky DanceBurns returns to the Scottish hills to ask fundamental questions about how we relate to this northern landscape, now that wild land is threatened like never before – while hopefully raising a few laughs along the way.

Outdoor writer Alex Roddie, who edited Sky Dance, said: ‘John Burns is one of my most valued clients. Working on his books is a privilege – he has a knack for blending genuine humour with a canny take on British mountain culture. Our partnership has helped John to hone his writing skills while offering me plenty of engaging material to work on. I’m delighted that Vertebrate Publishing will be taking on John’s books.’

Burns began writing almost fifteen years ago and tours widely around the UK with his one-man plays at theatres and mountain festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe. He has walked and climbed the hills of Scotland for over forty years while making occasional trips to more exotic locations like the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Canadian Rockies. An expert ice climber, he was also a member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and has taken part in numerous rescues in the Highlands.  

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