The Living Mountain

The Living Mountain

Language & Reference, Nature Writing, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 18/08/2011
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The Living Mountain
The Poetic Beauty of the Cairngorms
With a wonderfully poetic prose style Nan Shepherd has really captured the beauty of the rugged landscapes. If you love the mountains, and the Cairngorms i... READ MORE
Colin Martin at Oban
The Living Mountain
As clear as the mountain air
I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for about five years now and for some reason just never got around to reading it, but now that I read a lot of child... READ MORE
Stephen B at Darlington
The Living Mountain
Nature writing at its most beautiful and best
A perfect book for mountain lovers who are now grounded. A sensuous essay through which Nan explores her love of the Cairngorms. Reading this transports yo... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield


'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

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.

  • Publisher: Canongate Books
  • ISBN: 9780857861832
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 113g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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The Living Mountain
I was transported
I have never reviewed a book before and have no kind of literary qualifications or experience. So this just comes from the heart. Simply the most romantic ... READ MORE
Tom Cook
The Living Mountain
Great nature book l
The living mountain is a very interesting and readable book with some lovely poetic language,
Katryn Bone