Yet again Jim Perrin has put a book forward for a prize and has been short-listed; this time for the Boardman Tasker Mountain Literature Award, 2013. In the context of this competition it is to Jim Perrin’s undoubted advantage that those with whom he mixes choose to have very short memories… As we make clear in the following paragraphs it is apparent that he is man who is entirely unscrupulous and one who does not hesitate to use immensely shifty behaviour to gain his objective.
In our latest sequence of postings (Jim Curran v Jim Perrin parts 1 to 5) we have shown, and with no question of doubt whatsoever, that Jim Perrin has in the past — not only once but twice — been proved guilty BY HIS OWN HAND of dishonesty concerning the judging of this most prestigious of literary competitions.
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. Jim Perrin 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 actually perfidious nature — as we believe it to be — was, in our opinion, revealed: his on-going lack of integrity is by now well-documented.
In fact, over time, Jim Perrin has succeeded in brushing those matters under the carpet, as would a disreputable house-maid, but surely his actions, his attempted corruption of the judging process, should never be forgotten? Had it not been for Jim Curran’s profoundly illuminating autobiography we fear they would have been.
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 actions of a worthy man: nor of a man worthy of acclaim. His behaviour was so dishonest and so deceitful — and yet fortuitously the evidence of this was discovered, and uncovered, and shown: in the first instance to the judging panel and, in the second, to the lawyers — one cannot help but wonder what other pressure he might over the years have brought to bear…
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So: Despite Jim Perrin’s machinations they led to nothing. He failed to ‘win’ after all although by all accounts he confidently expected to do so; instead, Harriet Tuckey was awarded the prize with the outstanding biography of her father, Griffith Pugh,* and although Jim Curran had not entered a book this year (this author whom Jim Perrin has so frequently traduced and whose career he has shamelessly attempted to sabotage), he was however acknowledged and singularly honoured by that estimable establishment:
‘It was decided by this year’s judges and the 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 is an accolade of which Jim Curran can rightly be proud — worth more, among his peers, than anything which has been achieved by Jim Perrin, the man who has behaved so vilely towards him for years and ruthlessly hounded him…
* Harriet Tuckey’s book ‘Everest: The First Ascent’ was very 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 12/11/2013 by someone calling themselves ‘Llywarch’, and so disgusted were several readers by the blatantly censorious tone that they commented upon it. Interestingly the writer of that review (Llywarch’) then changed his name to one ‘Tim Bartley’ — (Such a timely coincidence that this was after Jac’s sisters had been posting their many accusations that ‘Llywarch’ was being used as an alias by Jim Perrin!) When the change of name to ‘Tim Bartley’ was put into place, all sixteen of his ‘Llywarch’ reviews, going back to April, 2005, were also changed. They may still be read online. Irrefutably Jim Perrin WAS ‘Llywarch’; irrefutably Jim Perrin is NOW ‘Tim Bartley’.
Later note: Jac’s sisters were so sorry to learn that since this post (25/10/2013), Jim Curran died on the 05/04/2016.