The Last Wilderness: A Journey into Silence
by Neil Ansell
‘Ansell has the rare skill of combining vividly the intimacy of detail and the astonishing grandeur of this North West coastline of Scotland. Through his keen eyes we look again at the familiar with a sense of wondrous revelation’ – Madeleine Bunting, author of Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey
The experience of being alone in nature is set here within the context of a series of walks that Neil Ansell takes into the most remote parts of Britain, the rough bounds in the Scottish Highlands. He illustrates the impact of being alone as part of nature, rather than outside it.
As a counterpoint, Neil Ansell also writes of the changes in the landscape, and how his hearing loss affects his relationship with nature as the calls of the birds he knows so well become silent to him.
The Last Wilderness is a hauntingly beautiful memoir on solitary walking within the natural world, and a moving exploration of memory, desire and the weathering of time.
Hardback: 312 pages
Publisher: Tinder Press, an imprint of Headline Publishing Group, 2018
Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm