Friday, October 22, 2010

Laurence Fearnley short-listed for prestigious international literary award

 Laurence Fearnley
Penguin Books NZ
News has come through that The Hut Builder has been short-listed for prestigious international literary award, The Boardman Tasker Prize.

Established in 1983 to commemorate mountaineers John Boardman and Joe Tasker, who disappeared while climbing Mount Everest, this prize recognises an original work which has made an outstanding contribution to mountain literature. The award is open to works of fiction, mountain history, autobiography and philosophy and in short-listing The Hut Builder the judges commented that the novel is ‘an ingenious mix of fact and fiction.’ Previous winners have included Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void, Simon Mawer’s The Fall (an author shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2009) and Robert McFarlane’s The Wild Places. The Hut Builder is the only novel short-listed this year.

The winner will be announced on Friday 19 November during the Kendal
Mountain Festival. This festival is the largest of its kind and includes
a major film festival and The Boardman Tasker Prize.

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