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Vertebrate to re-publish Paul Pritchard's award-winning book Deep Play

Wednesday, 5th September 2012

Paul Pritchard and Nick Bullock. Photo: John Coefield.

Photo: Paul Pritchard (left) and Nick Bullock at the launch of Nick's book Echoes at Outside, Hathersage on 4 September 2012.

Vertebrate Publishing will re-publish Paul Pritchard's award-winning book Deep Play this autumn.

First published in 1997 by Ken Wilson at Bâton Wicks, Deep Play was awarded the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature in the same year.

Deep Play is a collection of climbing essays; about people, climbs and adventures around the world. Against a backdrop of economic and social decline in the UK in the 1980s and early 1990s, Pritchard emerged as one of the UK's leading adventure climbers, pushing himself ceaselessly on bold climbs on the cliffs of the UK and big walls around the world.

Commenting on Deep Play, Peter Gillman, chair of the Boardman Tasker judges, said: 'It is bold, experimental, innovative in its narrative and descriptive material in a way which is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the prize.'

Pritchard is the only author to be awarded the Boardman Tasker Prize outright on two occasions, as his second book The Totem Pole – which documents his near life-ending accident on The Totem Pole sea stack in Tasmania and subsequent recovery – was also awarded the Prize in 1999. The Totem Pole was also presented with the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival, making Pritchard one of only a small handful of authors to win both awards in the same year.

Commenting on Deep Play, Paul said: 'Deep Play is pretty much alone as a record of a great era, perhaps the last great era of British climbing, the 1980s. There's other books been written from a 21st century perspective but Deep Play was much closer to the event. As time marches on I see how important a record it was.'

Deep Play will be published in November 2012 in paperback and ebook.


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For more information contact John Coefield at Vertebrate Publishing on or +44 (0)114 267 9277.

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