House Party

Monday, 23 November 2009

Smugness at predicting the result of the Boardman Tasker Prize turned to purple-faced frustration when my login into the site failed and I couldn't share the news. Anyway, Steve House's Beyond The Mountain looked the clearest favourite for several years, so I can't claim any special insight in picking it as the winner. Most of the audience, many of whom were old and well-placed enough to have known Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker personally, shared my prediction. There was a general view that House's climbing and writing style was part of the same tradition. Phil Bartlett's adjudication speech was also warmly received as being direct but not uneccesarily critical. There was no shortage of interesting bookish gossip at the party afterwards, which I'll blog about in the next few days, but I won't be able to bring you a review of the new Julian Cooper exhibition as I hoped. I drove half-blocked roads round huge diversions  to discover the opening had been cancelled.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 10.10 AM