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Getting Higher: The Complete Mountain Poems Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon: An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; 1st ed. edition (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846971926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846971921
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Andrew Greig is a Scottish poet of sensitivity and resilience. He deals with high-risk situations - from mountaineering to love - and is particularly good at presenting the gamut of feelings involved in rites of passage: high endeavour, commitment, holding back, drift, release' --Edwin Morgan, Times Literary Supplement

'Moving, playful and insightful by turns' --Ron Butlin, Sunday Herald

'A lyric poet of rare gusto' --The Observer

About the Author

Andrew Greig was born in Bannockburn in 1951 and raised in the Fife town of Anstruther. His first book was the poetry collection "White Boats" and his novel, "In Another Light," won the Saltire Society prize in 2004. He has also had success with mountaineering titles, including "Summit Fever" and the mountain poetry collections "Men on Ice" and "Surviving Passages." In 1996 T"he Return of John Macnab" was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Award. Greig is a former Glasgow University Writing Fellow and SAC Scottish/Canadian Exchange Fellow. He studied Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and held a number of part-time jobs before turning to writing. He now lives in Orkney and Sheffield, and is married to author Lesley Glaister.

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Andrew Greig is a poet. I have read some of his work and ordered and read this on the strength of his first impressions. Getting Higher made my head swim at times and I only just started to understand at the end. The very open free verse style, constructed physically into shapes and relying on 'in-house' origins excludes a full grip on the narrative. I need to know more about the characters and the energy behind the writing. The glimpses I got were tantalising, but just like ancient rocks, it takes time to understand. I'm still getting there. This book has a place in any poets library. It gave me the courage to believe my own work sits happily with it. It feels like a work which has been produced for a small minority, yet gives me hope - with work more will be revealed. Should verse make one work? Yes, but not too hard. Worth the effort.
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