Helen Watson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (11 of 14)
Location: London, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,868,735 - Total Helpful Votes: 11 of 14
Mountains of the Mind: a History of a Fascination by Robert Macfarlane
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book.

I love mountains (which helped) but even so, this really is a tour de force. Robert Macfarlane has a beautiful and light written style. He mixes his own experiences on the mountain with a strong historical explanation of why he - and so many others - became obsessed with mountains. This is the book you wish you could have come up with yourself as you stare at Alpine peaks in awe. It's not just about the hill, but about what's in our heads. And that is what I loved about the book.

And if you haven't already, read Wild Places. You'll love that too.
Ghost Train Through the Andes by Michael Jacobs
Ghost Train Through the Andes by Michael Jacobs
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Michael Jacobs can tell a good story. I forgot about my fellow tube commuters and found myself transported to the grand vistas of the railways of the Atacama and the Altiplano. What more could you want in the morning?

The author's "quest" to discover his grandfather's experiences in South America and search out a lost British presence in the inhospitable wastes of the Andean highlands made a pretty good rationale for his travels. But the focus on the author's grandfather left me wanting a little more - Mr Jacobs senior seemed a bit straightforward. No 1920s extra-marital affairs, long lost Bolivian relatives or real political intrigue? Not quite enough mystery and a rather weak… Read more
Hillwalking in Snowdonia: Glyders, Carneddau and O&hellip by Steve Ashton
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good summary of hill walks in Snowdonia with plenty of classic days out.

But please do take a bit of care - the author's descriptions are rather sparse and you really will need a full OS sheet, rather than the book's small excerpts. And if you're not keen on scrambling then this book isn't for you. The author doesn't grade his scrambles...fine if you know where you're going and what you're getting yourself into, but not so great if you don't know the area already.