Yet again Jim Perrin has put a book forward for a prize and has been shortlisted; this for the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Award, 2013. It is to his undoubted advantage that those with whom Jim Perrin mixes choose to have very short memories…
In the latest sequence of five postings we have shown quite clearly and with no question of doubt whatsoever, that Jim Perrin has, not only once but twice, been proved guilty BY HIS OWN HAND of dishonesty concerning the judging, in the past, of this most prestigious literary competition.
And it is to his eternal discredit that he calumnized a fellow climber, Jim Curran, both in a letter to the judges and committee and, for good measure, with a libellous article in a climbing magazine some years later: he and his publishers at the time were obliged to withdraw from a scheduled court-hearing for libel, to retreat in disarray and to pay a small fortune to the plaintiff.
Surely those actions should have put Jim Perrin well beyond the pale? His perfidious nature — as we believe it to be — was, in our opinion, revealed; his on-going lack of integrity is by now well-documented.
That he has since succeeded in brushing these matters under the carpet, as would a disreputable house-maid, should not be allowed in the balance with his authorial ability: dishonesty has no place in that balance.
To hurt the reputations of other climbers and authors; to plant his lies like poisonous seeds in his attempts to control events — these are not the attributes of a worthy man: nor of a man worthy of acclaim.
His behaviour was so dishonest and so deceitful — and yet fortuitously was discovered and uncovered — one cannot help but wonder what other pressure he might over the years have brought to bear…
So: Jim Perrin’s machinations led to nothing. He failed to ‘win’ after all; instead Harriet Tuckey was awarded the prize with an autobiography of her father* and although Jim Curran had not entered a book this year (this author whom Jim Perrin has so frequently traduced and whose career he had shamelessly attempted to sabotage), he was acknowledged and honoured by that establishment.
It was decided by the judges and committee of the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Award that they wished to pay tribute to Jim Curran. They wrote: ‘A special award has been given to Jim Curran for his outstanding and consistent contribution to mountain literature.’ This was an accolade of which Jim Curran can rightly be proud — worth more, among his peers, than anything which has been achieved by the man who over the years has so ruthlessly hounded him…
* Harriet Tuckey’s book was well received and out of sixty five reviews on ‘Amazon’ (4.6 out of 5 stars) only one reviewer absolutely slated it. This review was posted on 12/11/13 by someone calling themselves ‘Llywarch’, and so disgusted were several readers that they commented. Interestingly the writer of that review later changed his name to ‘Tim Bartley’ (this was after Jac’s sisters had posted many blogs accusing ‘Llywarch’ of being used as an alias by Jim Perrin). When the change of name to ‘Tim Bartley’ was put into place, every ‘Llywarch’ review, going back to April, 2005, was also changed. They are still online. Irrefutably Jim Perrin WAS ‘Llywarch'; is NOW ‘Tim Bartley’.