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on 2 June 2014
"The Living Mountain", Nan Shepherd's love letter to the Cairngorms, is recognised as a classic of mountain literature and her poetry explores similar themes. Rocks, burns, wildlife and plants are given being and presence.By allowing herself to be absorbed into the totality of the mountain Shepherd discovers her true essence. In addition to the hill poetry "In the Cairngorms" includes some intensely felt love poems and is illustrated by attractive line drawings.
I am so grateful to Gallileo publishing for republishing Shepherd's poetry which has been out of print for many years. Read it and see why!
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on 12 January 2015
An atmospheric collection of poems with a great sense of place.
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on 24 April 2015
This is a re-issue of a collection of Nan Shepherd's poems, it isn't by Robert Macfarlane and whilst I'm glad his fame has helped him to promote her work it should be remembered who the author actually is. It is a lovely collection and timely reminder that for Nan poetry and the mountains weren't about "Wild Swimming" or any such nonsense, they were about breath of life and contact with the earth.
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on 21 November 2015
Book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. An indispensable companion to her superb prose meditation on the Cairngorms, The Living Mountain, one of the best accounts of human relationship with the landscape that I have read.
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on 22 October 2015
A brilliant book of poems substantianated by Robert Mc Farlane . Wonderful -- just like all his work.
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on 26 January 2015
Nan Shepherd's 'The Living Mountain' is the best prose account of our mountain landscape, ever. sadly, viewed dispassionately, she was not a great poet, but writes like an amateur dabbler, in thrall to Wordsworthian convention. every verse had me reaching for an editorial pen, to make obvious refinements (at least she had a go, more than I would..). so thanks to R Macfarlane for exhuming it, and it's a lovely artefact to possess, but only of 'period' interest. like her novels indeed.
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on 21 September 2015
good book
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