Bookmark in Spalding has selected Between the Sunset and the Sea, by Simon Ingram, as a good read.
In the late 18th century, mountains shifted from being universally reviled to becoming the most inspiring things on earth.
Simply put, the monsters became muses – and an entire artistic movement was born. This movement became a love affair, the love affair became an obsession,and gradually but surely, obsession became lifestyle as mountains became stitched into the fabric of the British cultural tapestry.
In his compelling new book, Simon Ingram explores how mountains became such a preoccupation for the modern western imagination, weaving his own adventures into a powerful narrative which provides a kind of experiential hit list for people who don’t have the time nor the will to climb a thousand mountains.
For some of these mountains, the most amazing thing about them might be the journey they’ve taken to get here. Others, the tales of science, endeavour and art that have played out on their slopes. The mythology they’re drenched in. The history they’ve seen. The genius they’ve inspired. The danger that draws people to them. The life that clusters around them, human and otherwise. The extreme weather they conjure. The adventure they fuel. From Beinn Dearg to Ben Nevis, Ingram takes us on a journey spanning 16 of Britain’s most evocative mountainous landscapes, and what they mean to us today.
The book retails for £9.99 but there is a 20 per cent discount voucher in the Spalding Guardian of June 23.