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    DescriptionWhy do so many feel compelled to risk their lives climbing mountains? During the climbing season, one person a day dies in the Alps, and more people die climbing in this season in Scotland than they do on the roads. "Mountains of the Mind" pursues a fascinating investigation into our emotional and imaginative responses to mountains, and how these have changed over the last few centuries. It is rich with literary and historical references, and punctuated by beautifully written descriptions of the author's own climbing experiences. There are chapters on glaciers, geology, the pursuit of fear, the desire to explore the unknown, and the desire to get to the summit, and the book ends with a gripping account of Mallory's attempt on Everest. "Mountains of the Mind" is a beautifully written synthesis of climbing memoir and cultural history.


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    Title
    Mountains of the Mind
    Subtitle
    a History of a Fascination
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Macfarlane
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847080394
    ISBN 10: 1847080391
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.8
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: WSZG
    BISAC V2.8: SPO029000, NAT041000
    DC22: 796.52201
    Thema V1.0: SZG
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 July 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination (2003), won the Guardian First Book Award, The Somerset Maugham Award, and The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and was filmed by the BBC. It was also short-listed for the Ondaatje Prize for the Literature of Place, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountaineering Literature, the Banff Mountain Literature Award, and long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. It was acclaimed as 'one of the two most important books written around the experience of mountains in the past fifty years'. Robert Macfarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge with his family.
    Review quote
    'Macfarlane writes very well - he loves the mountains as much as anyone - very personal - everyone should read it' Trail 'The most exhilarating history of mountaineering - less the tale of how mountains got climbed than the story of why they became objects of such fascination to us - a riveting read' Jeremy Paxman, Guardian Summer Reads 'Of all the books published to mark the 50th anniversary of climbing Mount Everest, Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind stands out as by far the most intelligent and interesting - he can be as poetic as he is plucky' Economist