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The Farthest Shore reading list

Alex Roddie
Alex Roddie
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The Farthest Shore reading list

Here’s my current bibliography of titles that have influenced my thinking (or which I plan to read) during the creative process for my book The Farthest Shore.

Updated 2019-10-29


  • Books listed here are ones that I have either read in the last two years, or plan to read in the near future. It’s probable that there are a good many other books that deserve to be on this list but which have slipped my mind for now.
  • I’ll add titles to this list and keep it as up to date as possible during the writing process.
  • Just because a book is on this list doesn’t necessarily mean that I recommend it or agree with it. It just means that I’ve read it and found it relevant in some way, or that I want to read it.
  • Titles are listed alphabetically. On my shelves I have them piled in loose groups that make sense only to me. If I had them in alphabetical order I probably wouldn’t be able to find anything…

Along the Divide: Walking the Wild Spine of Scotland, Chris Townsend (Sandstone Press, 2018)

Among the Summer Snows, Christopher Nicholson (September Publishing, 2017)

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Cal Newport (Portfolio, 2019)

Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot (Allen lane, 2013)

Findings, Kathleen Jamie (Sort Of Books, 2005)

Hamish’s Mountain Walk & Climbing the Corbetts, Hamish Brown (Baton Wicks, 1996)

High and Low: How I Hiked Away from Depression Across Scotland, Keith Foskett (Keith Foskett, 2018)

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Jenny Odell (Melville House, 2019)

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer (Anchor Books, 1997)

Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places, Julian Hoffman (Hamish Hamilton, 2019)

Knoyart – A History, Denis Rixson (Birlinn, 1999)

Mountaineering in Scotland & Undiscovered Scotland, W.H. Murray (Baton Wicks, 1997)

Nature Cure, Richard Mabey (Chatto & Windus, 2005)

Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig (Canongate Books, 2018)

Rebirding: Rewilding Britain and its Birds, Benedict Macdonald (Pelagic Publishing, 2019)

Silence: In the Age of Noise, Erling Kagge (Penguin Books, 2016)

Sky Dance: Fighting for the Wild in the Scottish Highlands, John D. Burns (Vertebrate Publishing, 2019)

Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World, Michael Harris (Random House, 2017)

The Last Wilderness: A Journey Into Silence, Neil Ansell (Tinder Press, 2018)

The Living Mountain, Nan Shepherd (Canongate Books, 2011)

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr (Atlantic Books, 2010)

The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology, Mark Boyle (Oneworld Publications, 2019)

The Wild Places, Robert Macfarlane (Granta, 2007)

Utopia is Creepy: And Other Provocations, Nicholas Carr (Norton, 2016)

Walden, Henry David Thoreau (Ticknor and Fields, 1854)

Walking Through Shadows, Mike Cawthorne (Birlinn, 2019)

You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, Jaron Lanier (Vintage, 2010)

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Alex Roddie

Happiest on a mountain. Writer, story-wrangler, digital and film photographer. Editor of Sidetracked magazine (I make the words come out good).


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