The Farthest Shore
Seeking solitude and nature on the Cape Wrath Trail in winter
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-020-6256 pages
- Alex Roddie
- Publication date
- 2 Sep 2021
SHORTLISTED: The Great Outdoors Book of the Year 2021
In February 2019, award-winning writer Alex Roddie left his online life behind when he set out to walk 300 miles through the Scottish Highlands, seeking solitude and answers. In leaving the chaos of the internet behind for a month, he hoped to learn how it was truly affecting him – or if he should look elsewhere for the causes of his anxiety.
The Farthest Shore is the story of Alex’s solo trek along the remote Cape Wrath Trail. As he journeyed through a vanishing winter, Alex found answers to his questions, learnt the nature of true silence, and discovered frightening evidence of the threats faced by Scotland’s wild mountain landscape.
Alex Roddie is an award-winning outdoor writer, photographer and professional editor who lives in Lincolnshire. After a childhood spent in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, albeit with regular visits to the mountains, he moved to Glen Coe in 2008 and got a job as a barman at the Clachaig Inn. Three years of non-stop alcohol-fuelled climbing and hillwalking later, he moved back down south to be with Hannah, his partner and later his wife – but the mountains have never been far away.
In 2015 he hiked his first Cape Wrath Trail, which marked the beginning of an intensive period of long-distance hiking including the Tour de Monte Rosa, West Highland Way, Skye Trail, Jotunheimstien, Mercantour Traverse, Haute Route Pyrenees, and many more. He has also spent several summers in the Alps trying to climb big snowy peaks. Since 2015 he’s been a regular feature contributor to various UK outdoor and photographic publications, including The Great Outdoors, UKHillwalking, Trail, On Landscape and others.
Since 2014 he’s worked as a freelance editor and has helped many outdoor writers to hone their own manuscripts before publication. To read more of Alex’s work, including a wealth of free resources on long-distance hiking, head to www.alexroddie.com. He’s also active on Twitter @alex_roddie.
- Title: The Farthest Shore
- Subtitle: Seeking solitude and nature on the Cape Wrath Trail in winter
- Author: Alex Roddie
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-83981-020-6
- Rights: Worldwide
- Publication date: 2 September 2021
- Edition: First
- Size: 234mm x 156mm
- Extent: 256 pages
- Cover: Trade Paperback
- Weight: 400g
- Retail price: £14.95
‘Happily, The Farthest Shore has the best of both (nature and the outdoors). There is evocative nature writing, and there are more accessible sections about life on the trail with elements of humour in the parts with dialogue. It may be Alex’s first full-length travel book, but it has a maturity of writing that exceeds most debuts. It promises much for the future. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it highly readable with moments of true profundity. Most of all, it made me yearn for the hills of north-west Scotland. I’m sure many of you will enjoy it too.’ – Mark Horrell, author of Seven Steps from Snowdon to Everest
‘The Farthest Shore is a beautifully produced book that ticks all the boxes. It is an engaging “escape” – a narrative that truly transports. It paints an accurate portrait of a location, and of the realities of being on a long mountain walk. It inspires you to want to go on an adventure too. And, above all, reading it feels like time well spent, not only because it was a good story well told, but because the world now looks slightly different because of it.’ – Andrew Terrill, author of The Earth Beneath My Feet
‘The Farthest Shore is a really beautiful book, physically as well as in the writing. I love the cover and the photos inside are stunning, helping to give life and context to some of the story. It’s also an impressive piece of writing; Alex describes the landscape with love and care, capturing the scenes around him vividly … An enjoyable and thought-provoking read.’ – Philippa Lewis