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Deaf ears in the Welsh literary hierarchy?

Is all the information that we have discovered and made public about the author Jim Perrin falling on deaf ears in Wales? Apparently not minded to pay any attention to the details which we have been posting, the editor of the ‘New Welsh Review’ continues to credit him with her personal approval; even allowing to stand, in NWR, a review of West in which the reviewer used these accusatory words — by implication of our family and Jac, the sister we lost to cancer — ‘About the cruel and covetous behaviour of the immediate family of the recently deceased.’ Please see our post Pillaging. This was quite shameful as although the reviewer may not have known the facts, the editor had most certainly been told. Continue reading


To review, or not to review, that is the question:


We have always copied onto our site any comments we have posted following reviews on ‘Amazon’  (or The Guardian ). This was a).  to achieve maximum coverage of the points we made, and b).  to ensure they were safe-guarded from Jim Perrin’s attempts to have them removed — moderated — which, on several occasions, he managed to do.

The comment which we now copy is one we posted on Amazon after the ‘Llywarch’ review (an alias since changed to ‘Tim Bartley’) 12/11/2013, of the book by Harriet Tuckey  (‘Everest, the first ascent:’)  which was this year awarded two prizes: ‘The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountaineering Literature’, and the ‘Jon Whyte Award for Mountain and Wilderness Literature’, Non-Fiction.

Why was the review posted? Did the reviewer hope, at that late stage, that his opinion could influence the outcome of the judging? — or, might it have been an error of judgment on his part…   We think it was very poor judgment. Continue reading


A grand Boardman Tasker outcome

Harriet Tuckey has been chosen by the judges as the winner of this year’s Boardman Tasker Award for Mountaineering Literature.

Her book is a biography of her father: ‘Everest, The First Ascent: the untold story of Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible.’ and we would like to take this opportunity to add our congratulations to all those she has already so well-deservedly received.

Also — and this we are particularly pleased and happy to relate — it was decided by the judges and committee that, although he had not this year put forward a book for consideration, they wished to honour Jim Curran. They wrote: ‘A Special Award has been given to Jim Curran for “His Outstanding and Consistent Contribution to Mountain Literature.” ’  What a marvellous accolade this is…


Jac’s sisters.