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What's new this month? August 2018

Tuesday, 21 August 2018
This is where we tell you what we think about our new releases ... 
 
 
 
Mick Fowler certainly packs it in: a full-time job, family life and pioneering new climbs in the greater ranges. Mick’s third book picks up just after the turn of the millennium and goes straight into a run of expeditions to China and the Himalaya. It’s written in his typical down-to-earth, self-deprecating style, which makes it easy to read and enjoy. There’s no ego or bombast here, just one of the world’s top alpinists, in the company of other top climbers such as Paul Ramsden, ticking off eye-catching first ascents far away the crowds and with the minimum of fuss. The names beside the five endorsements on the back cover – Reinhold Messner, Kenton Cool, Catherine Destivelle, Doug Scott, Chris Bonington – should leave you in no doubt as to how much of a legend Mick is. 
Craig knew how to get our attention. A couple of years ago a couple of calendars arrived in the post: no letter, no note, nothing. About a week later a box of prints arrived, this time with the letter. Now here we are about to publish Craig’s second book, Wild Light, this October. His photography is stunning: a tour of the wild Highlands of Scotland across the seasons. In our increasingly digital age, his choice of a film camera – a Hasselblad Xpan – ensures his images have a unique and timeless look. You’re compelled to stare into them, to connect with the moment as Craig has. As he notes in his introduction: 'The reaction between the film and the light retains some of the actual character of the moment, and the use of film means that the light captured is as close as possible to what I actually experienced. I feel that the film allows me to retain something of the essence of being there in the wild, and that, to me, is just as important as the image itself.'
What strikes us about Nadir’s photography is the where and when it’s taken. That he’s technically excellent is without question, but it’s that he’s able to apply his craft in extreme situations – hanging off the side of the Ben, in winter, in a blizzard – and he still gets the shot. This book is a collection of photographs from across Scotland and should inspire anyone to get out there and either get active or pick up a camera. 
 
 
 
 
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