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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd; 2013 First Edition, First Impression edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908737387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908737380
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There need never be another account of Murray s life.' --Robert Macfarlane, from his Foreword

Lloyd-Jones is a diligent and affectionate biographer, and although this tome is one that will be of huge interest to any mountaineer or conservationist, it is also sufficiently accessible to be worthy of investigation by the casual reader. --The Scottish Field

'Lloyd-Jones is a diligent and affectionate biographer, and although this tome is one that will be of huge interest to any mountaineer or conservationist, it is also sufficiently accessible to be worthy of investigation by the casual reader.' --Scottish Field

Lloyd-Jones is a diligent and affectionate biographer, and although this tome is one that will be of huge interest to any mountaineer or conservationist, it is also sufficiently accessible to be worthy of investigation by the casual reader. --The Scottish Field

'Lloyd-Jones is a diligent and affectionate biographer, and although this tome is one that will be of huge interest to any mountaineer or conservationist, it is also sufficiently accessible to be worthy of investigation by the casual reader.' --Scottish Field

'captivating reading... eminently readable and enjoyable.' --Active Outdoors

'Lloyd-Jones is a diligent and affectionate biographer, and although this tome is one that will be of huge interest to any mountaineer or conservationist, it is also sufficiently accessible to be worthy of investigation by the casual reader.' --Scottish Field

About the Author

Robin Lloyd-Jones is a climber, teacher, and award winning author of novels, short fiction, radio drama and non-fiction. He is a former president of the Scottish Association of Writers and of Scottish PEN. He was a tutor in creative writing at Glasgow University and was awarded an honorary fellowship of the School of Latin American Studies following his book on street children, Fallen Angels (1992).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deep Reader VINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an exceptionally fine biography of the Scottish climber, prisoner of war, explorer, novelist, and conservationist W. H. Murray; CV enough for several lives. Murray's book Mountaineering in Scotland, and its successor Undiscovered Scotland, opened the window on a wholly different way of looking at the mountains and adventure. The spiritual aspect is unmistakeable, touching every reader (certainly this one) with what seemed like a common experience that was always just out of reach. Murray was also a practical man. He took part in the expedition which located the route by which Everest was first ascended. That expedition was under the leadership of Eric Shipton, but it might have been Murray, and there were not all that many removes from him actually leading the successful attempt. Instead, that honour which went to John Hunt. Murray was also a novelist but possibly his greatest contribution was as an early champion of, and thinker on, conservation. In this Scotland was his main beat but the original thinking, experience gained and lessons learned, would influence the developing field profoundly. Beside this the spiritual aspect of his life developed into, it seems, almost a denial of self in favour of a greater appreciation of whatever is beyond the clouds - the sunlit summit of the title. This is a truly great book as Robert Macfarlane acknowledges in his foreword. It is also very beautiful, not only in Robin Lloyd-Jones' well researched and thoughtful text, but in its design and production values and impressive photo sections. It joins the long list of necessary outdoor books from Scotland that are relevant to the whole world. ...Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMCT on 8 Mar. 2014
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A good read although I feel the author spend too much time psychoanalysing poor old Bill. Much of it has been written elsewhere, but there is certainly more detail relating to some events in his life. One can only wonder how much the second world war changed the course of Murray's life. We understand his internment and 'enlightenment' during the war years. These much have had a massive impact on him. However, we could never guess how far Murray would have taken his mountaineering had he not had to cease for a period of time.
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Whether you're a world class mountain climber or know nothing at all about the sport, this is a thoroughly enjoyable read and truly inspiring account.

It is a story that transcends the ordinary, taking us into the mind of an artist who endures being a prisoner in the concentration camps of World War Two. Murray not only survived there, he thrived as an artist and as a human being. As he wrote, in a statement often wrongly attributed to Goethe:

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!"

That's the type of inspiration the reader encounters throughout this wondrous story.

It's also written in Robin Lloyd-Jones' illuminating style, making it a joy to read, as well as a very important biography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JGArmstrong on 10 Oct. 2013
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This is the first book to show the many facets of a man who changed our attitude to mountaineering and to the conservation of the fast disappearing "Scottish Wilderness". It should be read by every climber and rambler.
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