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Getting Higher

Publication Date
01 April 2011
Paperback (also available as an eBook)
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Birlinn Limited

Getting Higher

The Complete Mountain Poems
by Andrew Greig - Find out more about the author


eBook also available at the iBookstore

'An accomplished Scottish poet at his best' – The Herald

'Getting Higher offers an almost transcendental insight into the mind of one of mountaineering’s most perceptive and intuitive authors' – Cameron McNeish

Alongside the mountain poems from Men on Ice, Order of the Day and Western Swing, Getting Higher features brand new material, facsimiles of previously unpublished material – including his first poem, written in 1972 – and illustrations and material from the National Library of Scotland archive. A beautiful collector’s item full of illustrations, marginalia and notes. 

Andrew Greig was born in Bannockburn in 1951 and raised in the Fife town of Anstruther. His first book was the poetry collection White Boats and his novel, In Another Light, won the Saltire Society prize in 2004. He has also had success with mountaineering titles, including Summit Fever and the mountain poetry collections Men on Ice and Surviving Passages. In 1996 The Return of John Macnab was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Award. Greig is a former Glasgow University Writing Fellow and SAC Scottish/Canadian Exchange Fellow. He studied Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and held a number of part-time jobs before turning to writing. He now lives in Orkney and Sheffield, and is married to author Lesley Glaister.

Find out even more about Andrew at his website

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