Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd by Charlotte Peacock

Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd by Charlotte Peacock

Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd by Charlotte Peacock. Front cover of book.

Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd by Charlotte Peacock, is the first biography of the Scottish writer and poet, best known for The Living Mountain.

Nan Shepherd was an intensely private woman.  But in this first biography of the Scottish writer and poet, Charlotte Peacock has been as successful in finding her way into the life of her subject as Nan herself was in “finding her way into the mountains”.

The book unravels the mysteries, dispels some of the rumours and gives insight into the life and work of this extraordinary writer.

Taking subtle account of Nan Shepherd’s commitment to mystery, and to the virtuous partiality of knowledge; as she could never know the Cairngorms ‘totally’, nor does Peacock set out to know (or tell) Nan Shepherd totally. Rich, wise, subtle and valuable, Into the Mountain is a biography of revelation (by glimpses) in the best sense, rather than ‘exposure’. A clever unfolding of a little-known life and the landscapes in which it was lived.

Robert Macfarlane.

Read reviews in The Guardian, The Spectator, and The Scotsman.

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