Simon Ingram tackles the forbidding rock face of the mountaineering memoir, while Fiona Reynolds mounts a passionate plea for the defence of our natural landscape

From Beinn Dearg to Ben Nevis, Simon Ingram’s The Sunset and the Sea: A View of 16 British Mountains takes us on a journey over sixteen of Britain’s most evocative mountainous landscapes. He talked about his motivation for climbing, the history of our national parks, and how he drew upon the history, mythology, weather and tales of endeavour that surround these mountains to write his book.

After 11 years as Director General of the National Trust, Fiona Reynolds work continues in her new book The Fight for Beauty, where she argues that beauty is an essential element of all our lives, and needs protecting. She talked about how the Industrial Revolution invaded the countryside, how campaigners resisted that advance, and how the idea of beauty can support public policy.

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Source: Guardian Environment