Mountain Song: A Journey to Finding Quiet in the Swiss Alps
In the vein of Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain and Mary Oliver's gentle writing on nature, Mountain Song by Lucy Fuggle is a love letter to adventure, slowing down, and quietly noticing the beauty of wild places and our place within them.
"Here in the silence and surrounded by mountains, I’m starting to find my answers, at least for now. I want to be moulded by the world: by the people I’ve loved and the places I’ve sat and listened quietly, watching leaves falling, the sun rising and stars appearing..."
After graduating university with no idea what she really wanted to do with her life, Lucy Fuggle made the unexpected decision to leave behind her home in the UK for the company of glacier-covered mountains, alpine flora and fauna, and soaring eagles in Switzerland's Berner Oberland. For three years, she made picture-perfect Meiringen her home.
Growing up painfully shy and with high-functioning autism, Lucy found new mental and physical courage in the natural world around her traditional Swiss chalet, living alone with a view of towering peaks and waterfalls. In summer, she explored every trail around her house, including the Via Alpina trail 400 km across Switzerland. The coldest time of the year saw her switch hiking for freezing lake swims, snowshoe hikes, and glacier treks.
As her relationships, career, and inner life changed – for better and for worse – she ventured further into the wild around her for comfort, answers, and acceptance. In the silence and loneliness, she found the space to step into who she really was, no matter what others thought of that.
Mountain Song is her quietly inspiring and soothing story of the ups and downs of living simply, quietly and in tune with nature and the transformation it can bring, accompanied by beautiful photographs and pen and ink sketches. Surrounded by some of the most striking scenery in Europe, Lucy finds a slower pace of living and exchanges insecurity for courage, changing the course of her life beyond recognition.
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This book exceeded my expectations. It is made with love and the design is wonderful, and the author's personal story is impressive. Comparisons with Tamsin Calidas and Raynor Winn are obvious, but the book can certainly stand on its own. For people who are interested in the ups and downs of their fellow man and who are in love with Switzerland, this book is a must. One of my best book and reading experiences this year!
I bought this while researching a move to Switzerland. Mountain Song is a touching and intimate story about finding pleasure and comfort in one's own company, in the company of nature, and how places can change us. I found it very inspiring and insightful and particularly relevant to my own desires to move to that part of the world. Thank you Lucy for sharing your story!
beautiful, uplifting book
We love this little book with its precious personal stories from the beautiful Haslital, in the middle of the Swiss Alps!
Mountain Song is such a beautiful book, inside and out. So much care has gone into it, both the content and design. Reading the book was a real escape.