Mike Cawthorne’s Wilderness Dreams takes us romping through some of Scotland’s wildest places: a canoe trip down the River Dee, a blizzard in the Monadhliath, the dangers facing the Flow Country in Sutherland. The heart of the book, though, is the story of an expedition across the Munros in 1986, accomplished on no money and with falling-apart boots, and despite an occasional over-excitement in the landscape description, this is exciting stuff, and it’s written with humanity, passion and a touch of anger. For anyone who loves the Scottish hills, this is a book to read.
Boardman Tasker Award
Kendal, 16th November 2007
From the speech announcing the winner by Lord (Chris) Smith
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‘This is descriptive writing of a very high order. It could have been written by Stevenson, Buchan or Neil Gunn’.
Alan Taylor, Sunday Herald
‘Mike Cawthorne shows both his talent for writing and his deep affinity with the wilderness areas of Scotland in this book. I read his collection of essays in a very short time, finding each one hard to put down. As well as being a fascinating account of Mike's own experiences of hillwalking in Scotland, his essays are an enlightening education on the commercial greed that has damaged, and continues to damage, Scotland's natural landscapes. Read this book and you'll be absorbed, entertained, outraged, educated, humbled and, ultimately, inspired to experience the beauty of Scotland's wild places for yourself.’
Review by K Jackson on Amazon