Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:14

One Day As A Tiger wins at Banff Mountain Book Festival Competition

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One Day As A Tiger, John Porter’s biography of iconic British mountaineer Alex MacIntyre, has been awarded top prize in the sought-after Mountaineering History category at the 2014 Banff Mountain Book Competition.

This is the 21st year of the prestigious international awards, which represent the biggest prizes in publishing in the outdoor, adventure and environment genres. The competition attracts some of the world’s leading names in mountain literature, while also encouraging lesser-known talent.

With Vertebrate’s YA thriller The Everest Files nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal, and two of its biographies currently shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Prize, this has been a successful year for the Sheffield-based publishing house, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in August.

Following the announcement, Vertebrate’s Publishing Manager John Coefield commented: ‘We’re thrilled to see One Day As A Tiger win at Banff – the third Banff award for Vertebrate in only six years. The significance of these awards to outdoor publishers and authors cannot be overstated – some of the biggest names in mountain literature have won there, and we wish John Porter all the best for 6 November at the announcement of this year’s Grand Prize.’

Other category winners at this year’s Banff Book Competition include The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux (2013, McClelland and Stewart) in the Adventure Travel category and The Homeward Wolf by Kevin Van Tighem (2013, Rocky Mountain Books) in the Mountain and Wilderness Literature category.All category winners will be entered for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on 6 November at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.


Read our review of One day as a tiger here.