The Living Mountain : A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland, Paperback

The Living Mountain : A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland Paperback

Part of the The Canons series

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • Category: Prose: non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9780857861832



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A perfect miniature of nature writing, this book encapsulates a wide range of experiences amassed over years of exploring the high Cairngorms.

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