Nan Shepherd

The Quarry Wood

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The Quarry Wood


When Martha accepts a place at university, her decision is met with a mixture of hostility and pride by her uncomprehending family. This is the story of a young woman's journey to maturity and independence, struggling to cope with the intellectual and emotional challenges that surround her, at a time when such space was rarely given freely to women.

In The Quarry Wood, Nan Shepherd's subtle prose is matched with intense and memorable descriptions of the natural world, and a dry sense of humour. Ninety years after the first publication, it remains as fresh and original today.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd 
Number of pages: 224 
Weight: 168 g 
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm