The BMC and Vertebrate Publishing team up to send free books to school libraries

The British Mountaineering Council has donated £500 to an initiative organised by independent publisher Vertebrate to send free copies of Lily Dyu’s Fantastic Female Adventurers: Truly amazing tales of women exploring the worldto schools.

The funding will enable Vertebrate to send a free copy of the book to a school each time the book is purchased through the Shrine Bell (Vertebrate’s children’s book imprint) and Vertebrate Publishing websites. Those purchasing the book through these sites will be able to nominate the school they'd like a free copy to be sent to.

Alex Messenger, Head of Marketing and Communications at The BMC, said, ‘Fantastic Female Adventures is an inspiring book, perfect for young climbers to read and encourage them in their own adventures. The BMC is delighted to be supporting this initiative by Vertebrate Publishing to provide free books to school libraries.’

Featuring fourteen stories of women exploring the globe, including round-the-world cyclist Jin Jeong, ocean swimmer Beth French, mountain runner Mira Rai, Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman, and many more, the book was commissioned to inspire more young people, and adults, to have adventures in the outdoors at a time when the call for more books by and about people, particularly women, from different backgrounds has never been stronger.

A proportion of the author’s royalties will be gifted to a number of charities chosen by the adventurers, including Girl Guiding, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, The Spinal Injuries Association and Surfers Against Sewage.

Fantastic Female Adventurers was published on 3 October. For more information, please visit



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