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Peter Gillman (born 1942) is a British writer and journalist specializing (but not exclusively) in mountaineering topics. His book, Direttissima; the Eiger Assault (1967), also published under the title, Eiger Direct, co-authored with Dougal Haston, told the story of the ascent of the Eiger North Face in which John Harlin II lost his life.
Early life and education
Gillman attended Hawes Down school, Dulwich College (1953–61), and University College Oxford (1961–64). He was editor of Isis magazine at Oxford.
He became a journalist on leaving Oxford and was soon writing for the Sunday Times, first as a freelancer, and then as a staff member, where he spent five years on the newspaper's Insight team. He became a freelance journalist in 1983 and has written for most British newspapers. He specializes in mountain writing and has won six annual awards from the Outdoor Writers Guild.
Peter Gillman is currently writing for the Sunday Times Magazine and theMail on Sunday, as well as specialist outdoor magazines. Has written for most national UK newspapers and numerous magazines, and authored a number of books, some co-authored with his wife Leni.
Along with writing, he works as journalism and writing trainer and consultant at a range of magazine publishers in the UK and overseas. He had trained numerous journalists on the award-winning magazine Building. Additionally, he chaired the judging panel for consumer writer of the year at the Periodical Publishers Association awards.
Additionally, he works as researcher and assistant producer in television projects and cinema.
He is a keen amateur choral singer, being a member of both the Croydon Male Voice Choir and the Croydon Philharmonic Choir.
Gillman has won the following OWG Awards for Excellence:
- 1992 Portfolio of News Stories
- 1994 Outdoor Book - Everest anthology
- 1995 (with Leni Gillman) Technical Reporting
- 1996 (with Leni Gillman) Feature
- 1998 Feature
- 2006 Feature
- Gillman, Peter (1978). Fitness on Foot: Climbing and Walking for Pleasure. Tadworth : World's Work : The Sunday Times.
- Elaine Davenport, Paul Eddy & Peter Gillman (1978). The Plumbat Affair. Futura Publications. ISBN 0233970169.
- Gillman, Peter & Gillman, Leni (1987). Alias David Bowie: A Biography. New York: H. Holt.
- Gillman, Peter & Gillman, Leni (1980). Collar the lot!: How Britain Interned and Expelled Its Wartime Refugees. London ; New York: Quartet Books.
- Gillman, Peter & Gillman, Leni (2001). Everest: Eighty Years of Triumph and Tragedy. Boston ; London: Little, Brown.
- Gillman, Peter & Gillman, Leni (2000). The Wildest Dream: The Biography of George Mallory. Seattle, WA: The Mountaineers. Winner National Outdoor Book Award
- Gillman, Peter & Hamann, Paul (1987). The Duty Men: The Inside Story of the Customs. London: BBC Books.
- Gillman, Peter (1989). In balance : Twenty years of mountaineering journalism. London: Hodder and Stoughton.
- Gillman, Peter & Salkeld, Audrey (1993). Everest: The Best Writing and Pictures from Seventy Years of Human Endeavour. Boston: Little, Brown.
- Gillman, Peter (February 17, 2013). "The truth about Truman Capote" (PDF). The Sunday Times Magazine.
- Gillman, Peter & Gillman, Leni (June 21, 1992). "HOAX: Secrets that Truman Capote took to the grave" (PDF). The Sunday Times Magazine.