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The Living Mountain

A Celebration of the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland

Nan Shepherd

“My eyes were in my feet.” –Nan Shepherd

The beautiful, patient specificity of Nan Shepherd’s meditation on years of wandering the austere Cairngorm mountains in Scotland works on you like a spell, its prose worn over like the stones of a weatherbeaten plateau sat. The Living Mountain sat unpublished in a drawer for 40 years and then spent 40 more building its reputation as a classic of nature writing. As Robert Macfarlane says in his introduction to this edition: “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.”

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Canongate Books (2011)
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A masterpiece of nature writing, now in a Canons edition. (Publisher’s Description)

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