Our top Mother's Day recommendations
- Tuesday 17th March 2020
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, if you’re struggling with gift ideas, want to spoil your mum, or are just looking for a self-isolation-friendly present, we’ve got you covered. Below are our top recommendations for Mother’s Day gifts, from autobiographies of remarkable mountaineers to stunning photography, inspiring poetry and some fantastic adventurers.
Waymaking to me signals a renaissance of the art and appreciation of writing about our experiences in the outdoors; writing in which essence replaces ego. Maybe it's women who have the deepest voices, after all? – Natalie Berry, UK Climbing
Published to help address the gender imbalance in outdoor literature, Waymaking is an anthology of prose poetry and artwork by dozens of women who take inspiration from the outdoors. Offering insightful perspectives on running, climbing and everything in-between, each woman’s unique experiences will inspire you to reconnect with the wild places around us.
While the book may appear to be aimed at a younger audience, the stories are eternal, heartening and should be enjoyed by young and old. Reading it, I was left feeling proud, merry and influenced. This book truly inspires one to aim for the stars, just as Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, once did. – Professional Mountaineer
In this beautifully illustrated collection of fourteen women’s adventures around the globe, Lily Dyu has created a book that will inspire children and adults alike. From skiing to the North Pole with Misba Khan to flying into space with Helen Sharman, Britain’s first astronaut, these are stories of women who didn’t let their circumstances, age or setbacks prevent them from achieving remarkable things. If you’ve got an adventure in mind but need that extra push to inspire you to do it, this is the book for you.
If I could choose a place to die, it would be in the mountains. – Julie Tullis
Clouds from Both Sides is the poignant autobiography of Julie Tullis, the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak – Broad Peak – and the first to reach the summit of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. Updated with a touching additional chapter after her tragic death on K2 in 1986, Tullis’ autobiography charts everything from her experiences as a filmmaker to frostbite, avalanches and exhilaration alongside climbing partner Kurt Diemberger. Poignant and timeless, this is a tribute to an inspiring woman ahead of her time.
In this inspirational book, Heather Dawe describes how she went from being a rock-climbing student at Leeds University to one of the UK’s leading endurance athletes, winning some of the toughest events in the country. The question Heather asks throughout the book is why – why does she need to constantly push herself to the edge, and what happens when you fail? It’s introspective and honest, going so far as to wonder if she forces herself to ride her bike. – Rosie Fuller, Adventure Travel Magazine
In her first book, leading UK endurance athlete Heather Dawe examines the sacrifice and determination adventure races demand. Dawe’s memoir is not only an awe-inspiring account of her achievements – which include winning the Three Peaks Cyclo-cross race and cycling 2,745 miles across the Continental Divide in North America as part of the Tour Divide – but an insightful look into balancing this high-octane lifestyle with raising a child and working nine to five. Personal and unflinching honest, Adventures in Mind captures the essence of why we push ourselves to our physical, and emotional, limits in pursuit of greatness.
One of the most important mountaineering books to be written for many years. – Boardman Tasker Prize
Winner of both the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the Grand Prize at Banff Mountain Book Festival, Bernadette McDonald’s Freedom Climbers is a title that can be returned to time and time again. Telling the story of the incredible Polish climbers who managed to explore the highest mountains in the world despite being locked behind the Iron Curtain, this weaves a passionate, literary tale of adventure with politics, suffering, death and inspiration. A fascinating insight into a pioneering period of Himalayan exploration, written by one of our finest mountaineering authors.
Christine Gregory’s book is a worthy addition to the tradition of natural history writing. It is scientifically accurate, well-written and a homage to an animal Christine is clearly fond of. – Jim Dixon, Chief Executive, Peak District National Park Authority
A celebration of the Peak District’s most enigmatic animals, Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales is packed with striking photographs and meticulous research of this much-loved species. Covering both their physiology and the threats that now threaten them with extinction, this is Christine Gregory’s love letter to this beautiful British mammal. We’ve even got some signed copies available – bag one while they last!