In the 1930s, the writer and poet, Nan Shepherd, was one of North-East Scotland’s best known writers. Three novels, The Quarry Wood, The Weatherhouse and A Pass in the Grampians – as well as a volume of poetry, In the Cairngorms, all published between 1928 and 1934 while she was still only in her thirties. These books established her reputation as one of the most highly respected members of the Scottish Modernist movement.
Then, much later, and immediately declared a masterpiece, came The Living Mountain, her meditation on mountains – the Cairngorms in particular, and it has become a classic.
Nan Shepherd was an intensely private woman. But the author of this first biography, Charlotte Peacock, has been as successful in finding her way into the life of her subject as Nan herself was in ‘finding her way into the mountains’. She has had unparalleled access to all of Nan’s archives and to her remaining friends and acquaintances. The book unravels the mysteries, dispels some of the rumours and gives insight into the life and work of this extraordinary writer.