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Mountain writing, but not as we (thought) we knew it: Shepherd’s muse is the journey and the plateau, rather than the more masculine pleasures of the summit. In this slim, deeply-felt book on walking the Cairngorm mountains in North-West Scotland, language is wrenched to a remarkable density and intensity of image and thought. Philosophy, lyric and utterly surprising detail co-exist – and the book seems three times its 100 pages.

Canongate/paperback/£10.00/9780857861832

Dan Eltringham

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