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Mike Cawthorne began hill-walking on Ben Nevis aged seven, and has been climbing mountains ever since. He has worked as a teacher, professional photographer and freelance journalist. He has an intimate knowledge of the Scottish Highlands, undertaking his first long distance trek there in 1982. His first book, Hell of a Journey: On Foot through the Scottish Highlands in Winter (2000, new edition 2007) was short-listed for the Boardman-Tasker Prize for mountain literature. His second book, Wilderness Dreams, was published in 2007. He lives in Inverness.
A record of travels in one of the wildest and most remote corners of the UK – the Cairngorms. Following in the footsteps of Scottish writers such as Neil Gunn and Rowena Farre, Mike Cawthorne recalls the landscape as his subjects would have experienced it and, as he walks, we see the landscape of today and the issues that beset even such a remote place, ownership, wildlife, conservation and depopulation. May 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Like for Like Reading Findings, Kathleen Jamie Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination, Robert McFarlane