One Day As A Tiger, John Porter’s biography of British mountaineer Alex MacIntyre, has been shortlisted for the 2015 British Sports Book Awards.
This is the thirteenth year of the Awards – the major annual promotion for sports writing and publishing, which exists to highlight the most outstanding sports book of the previous calendar year.
One Day As A Tiger is one of six titles shortlisted for the Biography of the Year category. The book, which also won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, is an account of the life of mountaineer Alex MacIntyre – Porter’s friend and climbing partner. MacIntyre was one of the brightest stars of Britain’s golden age of mountaineering, establishing daring new routes in the Alps, Andes and Himalaya. He was killed at the age of just twenty-eight by a single falling stone while attempting a new climb on the gigantic south face of Annapurna.
The book’s shortlisting stands as an important recognition of mountain literature’s rich heritage and the quality of writing within the genre. This is only the second time a mountaineering book has been shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards since their establishment thirteen years ago and follows Harriet Tuckey’s 2014 win in the Outstanding Sports Writing category for Everest – The First Ascent.
Author John Porter commented: “This shortlisting for the British Sports Book Awards will, I hope, open up this extraordinary period in mountaineering history to a wider audience. Alex’s bold and committed approach in the mountains – and other areas of life – offers real inspiration to climbers and non-climbers alike. It’s incredibly rewarding to see his story striking a chord with so many people.”
The book’s publisher, Vertebrate Publishing, is one of the country’s leading producers of outdoor guidebooks and biographies. Vertebrate is hoping to build on the success of 2014, which saw its books awarded wins at Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and Tolmezzo Mountain Festival, as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award.
The category winners of the 2015 British Sports Book Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday 3 June. These will then be put to public vote to decide the overall winner, which will be announced on 18 June.