Jim Perrin is one of Britain's best-loved mountain writers, and his collection, The Climbing Essays
won the 2006 Banff Mountain Book Festival's "Best Mountain Literature" Award. The prize, worth CA$1,000, was awarded at a ceremony at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies on 2 Nov, 2006.
One of the judges, UK based journalist Audrey Salkeld, said of Perrin: "Climbing has given Perrin his life. And practice has polished his natural gift in conveying these irreconcilables onto paper."
The book was also shortlisted for the 2006 Boardman Tasker award.
The Banff Mountain Book Festival is the largest mountain book festival in the world. Each year, the festival brings the spirit of outdoor adventure and the tradition of mountain literature to Banff, featuring guest speakers, readings, seminars, an international book competition, a book fair, and book signings and launches.
Over the years NWP
has managed to punch above its weight as its authors have won many awards for their work with the company. When we published beer titles (we relinquished these to CAMRA for sound commercial reasons) Roger Protz was our most prominent award winner in this genre. In all, our food and drink list has produced four Glenfiddich award winners (Catherine Brown, Wallace Milroy, Jim Murray and Roger Protz). Our In Pinn
imprint took the 2004 Boardman Tasker Award for Trevor Braham's When The Alps Cast Their Spell
. So when we have a gong to bang, or a rave review to tell you about (we don't tell you about bad ones!), this page is where you'll find out about them.The Climbing Essays
was also shorlisted as one of 10 English-language books for the 2007 Welsh Book of the Year Award. This list was shortened to 3 finalists at the Guardian Hay-on-Wye Festival on the 28th May and Jim's book made that final list. It was announced on the 9th July 2007 at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff that Climbing Essays
had made one of the runner-up spots.
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