Summit Fever – Andrew Greig

Summit Fever - Andrew Greig
Summit Fever – Andrew Greig

A birthday present from Emma, as one of her favourite mountain books – and I can see why. A first timer’s account of a small team expedition to climb Mustagh Tower in beautiful Baltistan, Andrew Greig is a poet and not at all the macho mountaineer – and a lot of what he talks about is very familiar from my first treks.

It turns out I’d read (and LOVED) the book his then girlfriend wrote about the same trip, after she’d left The Chaps (urgh – always so male these mountaineers!!!) in their base camp: Among Muslims: Meetings at the frontiers of Pakistan – Kathleen Jamie.

Both books, highly recommended.

And, yes, I want to go back….

Author page: Summit Fever – Andrew Greig

Mud and Stars – Sara Wheeler

Mud and Stars - Sara Wheeler
Mud and Stars – Sara Wheeler

Mud and Stars combines Sara Wheeler’s periodic travels in and around various parts of the former Soviet Union with chapter-size biographies of some of Russia’s literary greats plus summaries of their major work(s).

She also makes interesting detours into the worlds of translation and her London-based adventures in learning the Russian language, culture and cuisine.

A good book for insights into modern Russia, and the great playwrights, poets and novelists of the 19th and 20th century – about whom I know (knew) next to nothing.

Publisher page: Mud and Stars – Sara Wheeler