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"Mountains of the Mind"

by Robert Macfarlane

Mountaineering Book Review: Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind

Publisher's Book Description

"Only three centuries ago, mountains were considered a repellent form of landscape, to be avoided if at all possible. So why is it that now millions of people are drawn to them every year, often risking their own lives and the lives of others in the prcoess? How have mountains -which are, after all, nothing but lumps of rock and ice-come to exert such a strange and sometimes fatal hold on the human imagination.

In Mountains of the Mind, Robert Macfarlane seeks to answer these questions....The author grew up steeped in the lore of mountains and mountaineering, and he interweaves the history of our changing attitudes to mountains with accounts of his own experiences in wild landscapes."


Publisher's Author Description

"Robert Macfarlane was born in 1976. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and contributes to the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books, among other publications. Mountains of the Mind is his first book."

Robert Macfarlane's College Webpage


Book Reviews

British Council
Independent (UK)
New York Times
Observer (UK)
San Francisco Chronicle


Literary Prizes

Guardian First Book Award, 2003
Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, 2004


Book Details

Publisher Granta Books, UK
Year 2003
Hardback Pages 306
ISBN 1862075611