Best known for her masterpiece of mountain literature The Living Mountain, (first published in 1977) Nan Shepherd, who died in 1981 has been in the news recently. Her image now graces the new Scottish £5 note; The Living Mountain (about her experiences in the Cairngorms) has become a classic and sells in its thousands.
Nan Shepherd lived all her life in Deeside, yet few people, even in Scotland, seem to have heard of her until recently. Now a new biography “Into the Mountain” by Charlotte Peacock unravels some of the mysteries, dispels some of the rumours and gives insight into the life and work of this perceptive and intensely private woman.
The author, Charlotte Peacock has strived to find her way into the life of her subject as Nan herself was in “finding her way into the mountains”. The writer has had unparalleled access to all Nan’s archives and to all her remaining friends and acquaintances.
The book is out on 16th October, and a launch event will be held at Grantown Museum in the Cairngorms National Park on 7th November. Tickets cost £5 and include wine and nibbles and are available from The Bookmark bookshop on Grantown’s High Street – pop in or call 01479 873433.