Book Review – The Last Hillwalker by John D Burns


Every so often a book comes along that grabs you immediately and just won’t let go. The pages come alive in your hands and every word speaks to you. This is one of those books.

A thoroughly enjoyable read about the authors life spent in the hills and mountains. His love of being in the outdoors leaps off the page and reminds me exactly why I love being outdoors and the feelings I get when I’m out there enjoying an adventure.

I was grabbed from the first page where the author opens in the middle of a perilous ice climb. You’re immediately transported to the cliffs and the tension and danger can be felt so clearly as you read. In the first paragraph I knew this was a book I was going to enjoy and I wasn’t to be disappointed.

From the streets of Merseyside to the Lake District Fells and then onto winter mountaineering in Scotland and Europe. The progression of the authors outdoor experiences are illustrated with well written descriptions of mishaps and great achievements in his outdoor career. The writing transports you to the mountain side with him, you feel the snow under your feet and the ice axe in your hand. There are moments of great tension and danger and also real laugh out loud moments. His joy at being in the hills shines from the page.

At the time of writing I’m waiting to receive the latest copy of TGO Magazine to see if this book has won the Book of the year award, if it hasn’t then the book that does win must be pretty special as this book was superb and one of my favourite reads of the year.

If you haven’t already, go out and buy this book now, but be prepared to lose a day or two as you won’t be able to put it down till you’ve finished.



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