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.


Dan Eltringham