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The Living Mountain - Nan Shepherd

In this masterpiece of nature writing, Nan Shepherd describes her journeys into the Cairngorm mountains of Scotland. There she encounters a world that can be breathtakingly beautiful at times and shockingly harsh at others. Her intense, poetic prose explores and records the rocks, rivers, creatures and hidden aspects of this remarkable landscape.

Shepherd spent a lifetime in search of the ‘essential nature’ of the Cairngorms; her quest led her to write this classic meditation on the magnificence of mountains, and on our imaginative relationship with the wild world around us. Composed during the Second World War, the manuscript of The Living Mountain lay untouched for more than thirty years before it was finally published.

‘The finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain’ Guardian

“Most works of mountain literature are written by men, and most of them focus on the goal of the summit. Nan Shepherd’s aimless, sensual exploration of the Cairngorms is bracingly different” Robert Macfarlane

A beautiful edition published by independent Scottish publisher, Canongate.

Nan Shepherd is one of Kate's favourite  writers, discussed in Handywoman and commemorated in the Balance for Better blanket (for which we won a best practice award from International Women's Day)

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