/ NEWS: Boardman-Tasker 2012 Short List Announced
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INTO THE SILENCE
COLD WARS - Climbing the fine line between risk and reality
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Surprised that Johnny's book isn't on the shortlist. A shame.
Yeah I agree Tom - great book that reflects Johnnys personality. A true autobiography.
Haven't read it yet, but the review by Douglas on UKC noted errors in it and a somewhat convoluted structure - suggesting these were the result of his choice to self-publish rather than work with an editor. I wonder if the jury take into account these more 'technical' issues?
It's an interesting question as to whether there being typos and spelling errors in a book makes it necessarily a bad (or at least, less good) book?
> Haven't read it yet, but the review by Douglas on UKC noted errors in it and a somewhat convoluted structure - suggesting these were the result of his choice to self-publish rather than work with an editor. I wonder if the jury take into account these more 'technical' issues?
> It's an interesting question as to whether there being typos and spelling errors in a book makes it necessarily a bad (or at least, less good) book?
I think this is where multiple levels of editing comes into it. If the errors are of a proofreading nature, e.g. typos, spelling errors, then that can be overlooked by many people, but if the editing required is more structural then it's more problematic.
For all its fault it is still a great book, really great.
Since "Full of my self" was self-published I very much doubt it got submitted, but that would be a really lame excuse from the part of the awards-committee not to consider the book: sometimes you have to be pro-active. I guess I am not alone in doubting that one of the shorlisted books would be more deserving ( http://steviehaston.blogspot.se/2012/09/boring-boadman-tasker-award-by-stevie.html )
Agreed. For all its faults, it's a unique book about one of the most influential rock climbers that ever lived. And it has some brilliant writing in it.
Seeing Johnny this weekend in Norway and I'll ask him about the book (I'm sure he'll tell me!).
Liked Stevie's take on the BT, although we know he's never read one word of any book submitted, making him the worse kind of critic. If we left culture to Gods like Stevie we'd all be living in Sparta, and the only literature we'd have would be on the subject of pull ups!
Stevie's always been my idol, but the older I get, the less time I have for his extremist view of the world, or of climbing, or life in general - where only those who climb 9a, or those at the top, have the write to speak and be heard.
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