by Paul Hersey and +Mark Watson
I received my copy of this book by Paul and Mark the other day (and they were very kind to sign it for me), and I was so impressed I thought I would share my brief review:
To quote from Mark's website (http://highlux.co.nz/blog/2013/09/our-mountains-a-sneak-preview/
, where you can also read a couple of sections of the book) : "The book highlights 15 mountains that Paul and I considered to be among the most notable for New Zealanders and the chapters explore New Zealand’s mountains from many different aspects; focussing mostly on their place in Kiwi society and their overriding presence among our landscape. Many different aspects are covered including farming, recreation, conservation and what it’s like to live beneath them."
But more than that I think the book captures a bit of what it is to be a New Zealander living amongst these mountains (both urban and wilderness) and it is told from the perspective of the road trips(s) that Mark and Paul undertook to capture the storys of the mountains, their memories of climbing these peaks, and the people that they met, and it includes stunning photos which were taken specifically for this book.
If you are looking for a present for anyone who is vaguely interested in New Zealand, it's landscape or the environment, or even to buy for yourself, I would definitely recommend it. It has almost inspired me to climb a mountain or 2 (maybe!)
You can buy a copy direct from +Mark Watson
(and he might even sign it for you!)