The paperback copies of ‘It’s a hill, get over it’ are back from the printers, ready for the publication date of 18 September. The launch for the paperback is set for Sat 13 Sept at 6-30pm. It is to be held at the Saddleback Cafe in Keswick. There will be light refreshments, a short talk from me (some fell running stories), and a chance to buy copies of the book 5 whole days before it is officially published, thanks to Bookends shop in Keswick, who are partnering with the cafe to hold this event. The event is ticketed, in order to be able to let the cafe know how many to cater for. So, pick up a ticket from either the Bookends shop (66 Main St, Keswick) or from the Saddleback Cafe (135 Main Street, Keswick).
UPDATE: you can also meet an absolute fell running legend at the event.
The paperback has been updated with details of a couple of the recent fell records, including Steve Birkinshaw’s recent 6-day Wainwrights Round Record. So come along for a chat, a nibble, and a chance to be the first to get hold of the paperback of this Boardman Tasker Prize nominated book.
Advance notice: I will be interviewing Steve Birkinshaw on his Wainwright achievement on stage at the Buxton Adventure Festival in October.
Went to watch the Round Latrigg fell race as it fitted in with our plans whilst in the Lake District. A reasonably low profile Keswick AC organised race held from Fitz Park on a gorgeous sunny evening – unlike some of the other days in the week. 185 entries, headed home by Ellenborough’s Ricky Lightfoot in a new course record of 29-21. Was kindly allowed to take some copies of ‘It’s a hill, get over it’ along – a few of which were snapped up by runners in the football clubhouse after the race. Good to chat with fellow running blogger Rob Morris at the event, and to meet @ (who pleasingly bought a copy of the book).
Some other random things that happened in the week will be blogged on in later posts. This included having a good day in Kendal library’s excellent and helpful local history section, researching for Book II, and also visiting Barrow House to look through their archive of relevant material. I also set up the launch for the paperback version of the book, with the help of Lucy at Bookends in Keswick and Andy at the Saddleback cafe.
In the surprisingly quiet Travellers Rest I had a very productive meeting with David Overton (of Splashmaps) to finalise details of our map of the Bob Graham Round, which will be available later next month in good retail outlets near you, and online at Splashmaps.
But most exciting of all was finding out that I have been nominated in a list of 41 books for the Boardman Tasker Prize for mountain literature. A massive honour just to be listed.
It has taken a while coming but the summer issue of The Fellrunner has a good review of ‘It’s a hill, get over it’ in it by Graham Breeze. Because of earlier ‘issues’ I had thought it might not be reviewed or that it was too late [see my thoughts on ‘Being reviewed and being NOT reviewed‘], but it is a balanced review. After a comparison with Richard Askwith’s book, he notes that ‘Hill is a worthy and useful addition to the fell running literature and, with its record of detail, an excellent reference book‘.
A few days later the June issue of Compass Sport (Britain’s National Orienteering Magazine) arrived, which has a great review by editor (and sometime fellrunner) Nick Barrable in it. After noting it ‘should probably adorn all fell runners’ bookshelves‘, he concludes the review with the comment: ‘Overall, a fine choice for any runners’ library‘. [Click the image for the full review]
That second quote looks like making it on to the cover of the paperback when it comes out. I am working with Sandstone Press on choosing which quotes are best. Is it really the best quotes, or the ‘most famous’ that should be used? Which neatly leads me to a link to a piece in The Guardian yesterday by Nathan Filer (winner of the 2013 Costa Book of the Year). In an article entitled ‘Why you should ignore the superlatives on book jackets‘ he reveals how they often happen through friends doing each other ‘favours’. [Disclaimer: I know Nick B a little]