Seton Gordon’s Cairngorms: An Anthology
Compiled by Hamish Brown
Seton Gordon really created himself as naturalist, photographer and writer, the first such in the country, his first book appearing when he was eighteen. In all he wrote 27 books, two specifically about the Cairngorms where he grew up and first explored and returned to many times throughout his long life. He wrote with a revelational wonder and freshness, writing in poetic prose descriptions only possible by someone intimately at home in the hills with their interacting, connected features: birds, plants, trees, geology, weather, Gaelic culture, place names, history, folklore – an ecologist before the word was coined.Hamish Brown selected passages for Seton Gordon’s Scotland and has now made a fascinating choice from Seton Gordon’s extensive writings about the Cairngorms. There are descriptions of hill days throughout the seasons and intimate descriptions of wildlife. Seton Gordon lived to a great age but the Cairngorms were his first, young man’s enthusiasm. Hamish Brown, no mean mountaineer and lover of the outdoors, has garnered biographical material and archive pictures for a book which everyone with an interest in the Scottish hills will welcome.
A professional writer, lecturer and photographer specialising in mountain, outdoor, travel and related topics, etc. the editor has written over 20 books including Hamish’s Mountain Walk, his first and award-winning book. He is also a frequent contributor to magazines, the press, radio scripts and book illustrations and has become an inveterate wanderer. Other notable books include The Last Hundred, 25 Walks, Fife; 24 Walks, Skye and Kintail and Along the Fife Coastal Path. After spending three months in the Atlas Mountains in 1965, he has returned every year since, a continuing love affair with a beautiful country and people.Hamish is one of the most respected authors and photographers for his two great loves – Scotland and Morocco. His books include Hamish’s Mountain Walk, Three Men on the Way Way which features the Corbetts, the Fife Coast and the West Highland Way. He has also edited volumes on Tom Weir and Seton Gordon, Seton Gordon’s Scotland and Seton Gordon’s Cairngorms and The Mountains Look on Marrakech tells of traversing the Atlas Mountains end-to-end.