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.’
BBC Countryfile

‘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

Available as hardback, paperback, eBook and audiobook.

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.

Reviews

The Guardian / Geographical / The Times / Herald

‘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.’
The Times

‘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.’
Stuart Maconie

‘Rich, thought-provoking and lyrical.’
Scotland Outdoors

‘Accessible and refreshing … written in an engaging style that quickly takes the reader into its confidence. The endearing confession of an authentic mountain addict.’
Country Walking

‘Makes for an engrossing read … a book of considerable depth, full of fascinating and well-researched detail.’
Walk Magazine

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