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The Round shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award

We're delighted to reveal that Steve Chilton's The Round: In Bob Graham's Footsteps has been shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award! It is not only a history of the Bob Graham Round, but also an exploration of the what, why and how of the classic fell endurance challenge.

The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards consist of six awards available in total - five category prizes worth £100 each and one overall Hunter Davies Book of the Year prize of £500. The winners will be announced at The James Cropper 32nd Lakeland Book of the Year Awards on the 6th of July.

Managing Director, Robert Davidson said: ‘Now over the course of two books, The Round and its predecessor, It’s a Hill, Get Over It, Steve Chilton has been recording and illuminating the history of one of Britain’s least known but most demanding sports, fellrunning. Packed with obsessed and eccentric characters, characterised by amateurism in its purest and noblest form, this uniquely British activity is now developing its own, equally unique, literature and Steve Chilton is its principal bard and chronicler. The sport is fortunate to have its narrative in such hands. In 2017 there will be a third title which will make a perfect long narrative from the wider history to the most specific and personal, but this present time is the time of The Round. It’s a book among a sequence of books that Sandstone Press is proud to leave to posterity.’

Steve Chilton's previous title, It's A Hill, Get Over It, won the Bill Rollinson Prize for Landscape and Tradition at the Lakeland Book Awards in 2014.

The Round has previously been shortlisted for The Great Outdoors Magazine's Outdoor Book of the Year. The title will be released in paperback on the 17th of November, priced £9.99.

Steve Chilton

Steve Chilton