The Totem Pole - 20 years on

 Photo (c) Eli Pritchard

Photo (c) Eli Pritchard

Remember The Totem Pole? The memoir of my catastrophic brain injury on the most slender piece of rock in the ocean? My amazing rescue by Celia Bull, and Neale Smith? The story of my year locked in my body and locked inside a rehab centre? 

It was the first book  to do the double of winning the Boardman/Tasker Award for Mountain Literature and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize 20 years ago. 

For reasons beyond my control it has not been reprinted or had any new editions for 16 years.  For over a decade people have been asking me where they can buy copies - especially since I finally climbed the Totem Pole in 2016 (the subject of the Rummin film Doing It Scared). I have to tell them I think the odd copy is in circulation on the internet. 

Well, that situation is about to change...

With your help I hope to produce a new 20th anniversary edition of The Totem Pole. Going back to my original files I have restored the original text that was previously edited out - mostly on the grounds of it being offensive language (well, I was disinhibited!). Were there were sixteen photos in the middle of the book, now there are fifty-five. Plus that classic cover photo by Simon Carter.  

I would be very grateful if you would support my Pozible Campaign here by pre-purchasing The Totem Pole 20th Anniversary issue.

 The New Front cover. The lettering may change... (c) Simon Carter

The New Front cover. The lettering may change... (c) Simon Carter