6:16 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Fiva to be published in America in August.
Gordon is delighted to announce that Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong is being published in US and Canada by Mountaineers Books, Seattle on August 30.
Meanwhile, the Golden Arrow UK edition of Fiva continues to sell very strongly in Britain, with all the signs that it appeals to a wider readership than most mountaineering books.
On March 11, Alex Roddie interviewed Gordon about his work. Go to interview.
Further speaking engagements for the year
On Saturday June 29 Gordon will be speaking at the Lowdham Book Festival; on Tuesday July 9 at the Norwegian Mountain Festival in Romsdal in Norway; and on Saturday Nov 30 he is honoured to be the guest speaker at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the London Mountaineering Club at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis. Further details of these and other events will appear shortly..
May 17 - FIVA receives its 46th ecstatic review on Amazon
That now makes the score 44 5-star reviews, and 2 4-star reviews on Amazon.co.uk, plus 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com. What more could any writer wish for?
The raves just keep on coming ...
'A future classic of mountain literature'
'Best climbing book of 21st Century so far'
'THE most gripping book I have ever read!'
'The best mountaineering book I have ever read?'
'Fiva is a work of art, a superbly crafted story that once read will never be forgotten'
'Deserves to become a classic of the genre'
See ALL FIVA REVIEWS since publication
Nov 24 - 6-page feature on Fiva appears in Norwegian press
On Saturday 24 November, a huge six-page article on 'Fiva' appeared in the Norwegian Newspaper Romsdals Budstikke. It looks very fine indeed, except we can't understand a word! We hope to have an English translation in the next few days.
Download whole article (1.9 Mb pdf file).
Nov 2 - Fiva wins BEST BOOK OF MOUNTAIN & WILDERNESS LITERATURE at the Banff Mountain Festival.
Gordon Stainforth's Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong won the coveted Jon Whyte Award for the Best Book of Mountain and Wilderness Literature at the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival in Canada against tough opposition among a particularly strong shortlist of five finalists.
The judges' citation described "the breathless teenage voice" of the narrator as "an unrelenting force, sweeping the reader ever higher … as events spiral out of control…. An evocative period piece, Fiva is human, innocent, and unflinchingly believable. This little, unassuming book stands among the classic tales of climbing 'epics.'"
The judges were:
Bruce Kirkby (Canada) - Traveler, adventurer, author of two bestselling books, and well-known outdoor columnist for Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine and other journals.
Barbara Brownell (USA) - Former Editor-in-Chief for National Geographic Books and currently president of Rivanna Publishing Ventures.
Jim Perrin (UK) - prolific author of fourteen books, twice winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize, and twice winner of Banff Mountain Book Festival Awards. Fellow of the Welsh Academy and Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.
Gordon and his twin brother John (who played a major part in the Fiva epic in 1969) attended the Banff Mountain Festival for four days, and were given a wonderful time by their Canadian hosts.
Public reactions to the prize.
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July 6 - Joe Simpson gives Fiva the big thumbs up
Joe Simpson, author of best-selling 'Touching the Void', gives this great accolade to 'Fiva' on Twitter:
Joe Simpson @TouchingTheVoid
FIVA by Gordon Stainforth - Wonderful, nostalgic, gripping, classic epic yarn with great humour deserves to win many many awards - read it :)
... and on July 20, Stephen Venables, mountaineer and author of 'Higher Than the Eagle Soars' etc., called it
the most intelligent disaster story to appear for years.
Gordon on BBC Radio Derby, Monday 30 April
Gordon was interviewed by Andy Potter on BBC Radio Derby at 2.15-2.55pm on BBC Radio Derby.
Apart from discussing 'FIVA', Andy asked Gordon about his taste in reading and his previous careers in the film industry and as a landscape photographer. Click for archived complete interview.
— Site last updated May 19, 2013 —
Internationally acclaimed award-winning author and mountain photographer Gordon Stainforth is perhaps best known for his lavishly illustrated photo-essays on the British hills and mountains: Eyes to the Hills, Lakeland, The Cuillin, and The Peak: Past and Present, and for his gripping true life story Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong, which won the coveted Best Book of Mountain and Wilderness Literature at the Banff Mountain Book Festival in November 2012. In the course of his career, however, Gordon has been involved in a wide range of other creative pursuits - film and music editor (notably on Stanley Kubrick's The Shining), book and exhibition designer, and novelist (see Biography). He now works full-time as a writer. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his science-fiction novel, many years in the making, The Last Days of P-Ship, which is being published as an ebook in the summer.
Other projects in the pipeline include: a biography of Gordon's great uncle, George Stainforth, aviator extraordinary, who broke the world speed record in 1931; a book on his experiences of working in the film industry, and particularly with Stanley Kubrick; and a major work on philosophy designed to appeal to the intelligent layman.
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