Among the Summer Snows hardback


Shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature 2017.

‘This is the kind of beautiful writing that transcends form – in this case nature writing – to arrive somewhere improbable and compelling … This improbable journey is confirmation that something of the near eternal is slipping away; it is a journalism of hope from the edges of these islands and before he melts he shows us this wonder is not a remote, obscure passion: this magic is the existence of Nature. It’s still there, but only just.’

Paul Evans, author of Field Notes from the Edge

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‘A beautiful book about love and loss, fragility and chance, the wide world and the near world . . . full of intense light and colour, extraordinary glimpses, moving insights and subtle humour.’

Richard Kerridge, author of Cold Blood

As the summer draws to a close, a few snowbeds – some as big as icebergs – survive in the Scottish Highlands. Christopher Nicholson’s Among the Summer Snows is both a celebration of these great, icy relics and an intensely personal meditation on their significance. A book to delight all those interested in mountains and snow, full of vivid description and anecdote, it explores the meanings of nature, beauty and mortality in the twenty-first century.

‘This ravishingly lovely book is about thought-snow, summer snow, flight, falling, stillness, memory, loss, mountains, Time, death, survival and everything in between. It is an intense scrutiny of minute worlds, a roaming gaze into the vastness of space, intimate, introspective and questioning.’

Keggie Carew, author of Dadland

‘A startlingly beautiful book . . . Mortality, aesthetic beauty, deep time and loss are themes never far from the surface in this exquisitely written book . . . Among the Summer Snows is at once haunting, moving, silent, and profoundly beautiful.’

Alex Roddie, The Great Outdoors

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