Cave shortlisted for 2015 Tratman Award

Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher's Cave: Nature and Culture is on the shortlist for the 2015 Tratman Award.

The Tratman Award has been awarded annually since 1979 to a caving-related paper-based publication in memory of E.K. Tratman, who died in 1978. It covers books, journals and articles published in a calendar year and is administered by the Ghar Parau Foundation, but it is judged by independent cavers.

What the judges said

In praise of the book, the judges said: ‘Cave: Nature and Culture is unusual in that it succeeds in crossing divides, merging legend and fact, science and art – any caver willing to be challenged with new ideas will enjoy this book.’

The judges for 2015 were Joe Duxbury, Ric Halliwell, Chris Howes, Alan Jeffreys and Martin Mills (though other opinions were also sought). The judges argued the strong and weak points of each title, taking into account the standard of printing and binding as well as the inclusion of an index where appropriate, the layout and the quality of writing.

The shortlist in full

The shortlist comprises (in alphabetical order of title):

Aerial Ropeways of Shropshire by Michael Shaw, David Poyner and Robert Evans
The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland by Marion Dowd
Cave: Nature and Culture by Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher
Mines and Minerals of the Mendip Hills by Peter S. Burr
Northern Sump Index 2015 by Elaine Hill and Adrian Hall
NPC Journal 2015 by Dewi Lloyd
One Man One Pan by Michael Adams
Slovene Karst and Caves in the Past by Trevor Shaw and Alenka Cuk
Underwater Potholer by Duncan Price

The winner of the 2015 Tratman Award is The Archaeology of Caves in Ireland by Marion Dowd.

Cave: Nature and Culture by Ralph Crane and Lisa Fletcher can be ordered from our website here.