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A captivating, amusing, yet provocative novel set in the Scottish Highlands. If you have read a book by John D. Burns before, it is likely to have been one or both of his memoirs, The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales. The author has spent much of his life walking and climbing in the mountains, here he turns his hand to fiction, and ponders the future of the landscape he so loves. We enter what could be called a battle, between environmental protesters and landowners, with the two main characters seasoned hillwalkers. From winter (much beloved by our author), turning through the seasons back to winter again, we spend time on a fictional island in the Scottish Highlands. Using his knowledge, his passion for our wild places John D. Burns has written an engaging and satisfying read. I actually recommend starting with his memoir The Last Hillwalker, as it really sets the scene, and you can appreciate the experience and love that has gone into Sky Dance.
Lord Purdey was shaking with anger. 'Bring back the lynx? Over my dead body!
The environmental protestors murmured, and Rory stepped forward. `Your hunting has destroyed our hills and left them treeless wastes, devoid of wildlife. It's time that changed.'
`Listen, you lentil-eating cat lover,' Purdey barked through the megaphone, `men like me own Scotland. If we want to kill anything that moves and turn the whole damn place into a theme park, we'll do it.'
Someone from the group of protestors hurled a turnip. It struck Purdey a glancing blow and he crumpled slowly to the ground. Just as the archaic class system he represents must eventually fall, Angus thought with a sudden grin.
In his first two bestselling books, The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales, John D. Burns invited readers to join him in the hills and wild places of Scotland. In Sky Dance, he returns to that world to ask fundamental questions about how we relate to this northern landscape - while raising a laugh or two along the way. Anyone who has stood and gazed at the majesty of the Scottish mountains will know this place and want to return to it. Now, as wild land is threatened like never before, it's time we asked ourselves what kind of future we want for the Highlands.
Closing date: 19/04/2020
Publication date: 05/09/2019
Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
|Publication date:||5th September 2019|
|Author:||John D. Burns|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Literary Fiction, Sport, Travel,|
|Categories:||Adventure, Conservation of wildlife & habitats, Hunting or shooting animals & game, Walking, hiking, trekking, Climbing & mountaineering,|
John D. Burns is a bestselling and award-winning mountain writer who has spent over forty years exploring Britain's mountains. Originally from Merseyside, he moved to Inverness over thirty years ago to follow his passion for the hills. He is a past member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and has walked and climbed in the American and Canadian Rockies, Kenya, the Alps and the Pyrenees. John began writing more than fifteen years ago, and at first found an outlet for his creativity as a performance poet. He has taken one-man plays to the Edinburgh Fringe and toured them widely around ...More About John D. Burns