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Seton Gordon's Cairngorms: An Anthology

Edited By: Hamish Brown

193 pages, B/w photos

Whittles Publishing

Hardback | Dec 2009 | #179559 | ISBN-13: 9781904445883
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€28 approx

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Seton Gordon's first book appeared when he was eighteen. In all he wrote 27 books, two specifically about the Cairngorms where he grew up and first explored and returned to many times throughout his long life. He wrote with a revelational wonder and freshness, writing in poetic prose descriptions only possible by someone intimately at home in the hills with their interacting, connected features: birds, plants, trees, geology, weather, Gaelic culture, place names, history, folklore - an ecologist before the word was coined.
Hamish Brown selected passages for "Seton Gordon's Scotland" and has now made a fascinating choice from Seton Gordon's extensive writings about the Cairngorms. There are descriptions of hill days throughout the seasons and intimate descriptions of wildlife. Seton Gordon lived to a great age but the Cairngorms were his first, young man's enthusiasm. Hamish Brown, no mean mountaineer and lover of the outdoors, has garnered biographical material and archive pictures for a book which everyone with an interest in the Scottish hills will welcome.


Gaick and Spey; Western Heights; The Bird of Birds; Lairig Ghru; Birds of the Heights; Cairngorm - Macdhui - Loch Avon; Birds of the Lower Ground; Eternal Snows; All Growing Things; Deeside Approaches; People of the Hill; A Varied Wildlife; Folklore of Spey and Dee

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A professional writer, lecturer and photographer specialising in mountain, outdoor, travel and related topics, etc. the editor has written over 20 books including Hamish's Mountain Walk, his first and award-winning book. He is also a frequent contributor to magazines, the press, radio scripts and book illustrations and has become an inveterate wanderer. Other notable books include The Last Hundred; 25 Walks, Fife; 25 Walks, Skye and Kintail; Along the Fife Coastal Path; Speak to the Hills; Exploring the Edinburgh to Glasgow Canals; Seton Gordon's Scotland, an anthology and The Mountains Look on Marrakech.

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