Two cheers for the anthologists. Search for the current hottest property in Scottish publishing in Scottish Literature in the Twentieth Century (published in 2000) and you will be disappointed. ‘Nan Shepherd’ is similarly invisible to Macmillan’s The Literature of Scotland (1984), The Scottish Tradition in Literature (1958) and umpteen poetry collections, including The New Penguin Book of Scottish Verse (2000).

Ignorance comes into it, and re­sidual male chauvinism; Nan was not a boozer or an agitator, and so slipped out of the mid-century cultural headlines. Stamping on Nan’s grave, a countryman ...


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