To see what others have said about The Hidden Fires, follow the links below. If you’ve read it, please do add your own review on Amazon, Goodreads or other retailer sites. If you would like to feature the book in your publication, site or broadcast, please contact Polygon Books for a review copy.
26 May 2023 ‘… vividly perceived and powerfully expressed…’ John Dempster Inverness Courier
April edition of Scottish Field – 5 star review: ‘…a pilgrimage that is touching, elemental, brave and deeply affecting.’
10 March 2023 “This book will sit comfortably and deservedly on the same shelf as Nan Shepherd’s masterpiece.” Alan Massie The Scotsman
March 2023 “An evocative and immersive slice of travel writing about how the beauty and grandeur of the Cairngorms spoke to her soul.” Waterstones
27 Feb 2023 “A truly inspiring and beautiful book about the Cairngorm mountains, our natural world, and beyond.” Star Book, Review by Liz Robinson, Love Reading
9 Jan 2023 “Glover writes so well about mountains.” David Robinson, Scotsman Ones to Watch in 2023
INTERVIEWS, FEATURES & BROADCASTS
16 April 2023 Conversation with Breege Smyth on Sunday Morning Breakfast with Breege for Oban FM. Search here under that title and date. We are at 21 minutes in.
14 April 2023 Conversation with Nicola Meighan on The Afternoon Show for BBC Radio Scotland. We’re at 1:43.
10 April 2023 Conversation with Joanna Penn on The Creative Penn podcast about Writing Nature Memoir (The full transcript is also available there to read)
13 March 2023 Talking about Nan Shepherd with Paul Murton on Grand Tours of Scotland’s Rivers Series 2, Episode 1 (My segment is right at the beginning)
12 March 2023 “As I follow her in recounting the ‘grace accorded from the mountain’, I sense her blessing.” My article in the Courage issue of Books from Scotland
11 March 2023 “On my first ascent of the great mountain, I could barely believe how benign she was.” Extract from The Hidden Fires about Braeriach WalkHighlands
8 March 2023 “Like Shepherd, my love of mountains is as old as my memory, but the ground of my childhood was the Himalayas.” Remembering Nan Shepherd on International Women’s Day – Cairngorms Voices – Cairngorms National Park
02 March 2023 Hidden Fires Book Launch Strathspey & Badenoch Herald
26 Feb 2023 Interview with Tony Kearney and Lise Wortley on Radio Scotland Sunday Morning at 1:40
26 Feb 2023 “Setting out on the journey not knowing the destination.” Interview with Alice Hinds Sunday Post
18 Feb 2023 “These peaks were her friends and she loved them.” Profile by Neil Drysdale Press & Journal
Feb 2023 “Nan Shepherd: Exhibition to mark 130th birthday of environmentalist” The National
Here’s a (growing) list of Scots and Gaelic words that appear in my writing and sometimes baffle folks from other parts. If you discover more that need definitions, do let me know.
ben – mountain or hill
cairn – pile of stones, often at a summit, though also marking a pass or waypoint
corrie – a steep-sided hollow at the head of a valley or on a mountainside; a glacial cirque
dreich – dreary, bleak (especially of weather)
glen – valley
loch – lake
lochan – small lake
smirr – fine drifting rain or drizzle, so thin it is almost mist
strath – a large wide valley, typically a river valley