Between the Sunset and the Sea
HarperCollins / 2015
‘Almost Tolkienian in delivery … Between the Sunset and the Sea turns mountain climbs into a form of poetry.’
‘I’ve been climbing mountains in Britain for 20 years but I don’t know if I really saw them until I read this book.’
Andrew Gilchrist, The Guardian
‘Painstainkingly researched, well written… an intrepid, original book.’
Patrick Hosking, The Times
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.
Simon Ingram explores how mountains became such a preoccupation for the modern western imagination, weaving his own adventures into a powerful narrative.
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. The way that some raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and trigger powerful, strange emotions. And moreover, what they’re like to be amidst, under, on – just what that indefinable quality is that the British mountains wield which takes possession of you so powerfully, and never goes away.
‘This is the work of a polymath mountain-lover with a backpack-sized curiosity and the stamina to take notes when most of us would be gasping for breath. It’s not just painstakingly researched, it’s also well written … an intrepid, original book.’
‘A welcome and refreshing addition to the increasingly crowded field of New Nature Writing. Warm, poetic and humane yet shivery with the vertiginous thrill and allure that mountains cast over some of us.’
‘Rich, thought-provoking and lyrical.’
‘Accessible and refreshing … written in an engaging style that quickly takes the reader into its confidence. The endearing confession of an authentic mountain addict.’
‘Makes for an engrossing read … a book of considerable depth, full of fascinating and well-researched detail.’
Media + Interviews
Simon Ingram and Dame Fiona Reynolds on our natural landscapes;
The Guardian Books podcast
Clare Balding and Simon Ingram in the Lake District:
BBC Radio 4 – Ramblings
In Search of ‘Agreeable Horror’
Interview for the British Mountaineering Council