14th September 2021. Pre-orders open for Twisted Mountains.
'I am drawn to Tim Woods' writing because it explores what is carried, what is lost as well as what is found, placing mountain adventures in the context of complex (and often far from admirable) lives. Put simply, I love these stories.'
Helen Mort, from the foreword for Twisted Mountains.
Pre-orders for Twisted Mountains are now open. A collection of short stories set among the summits of England, Scotland and Wales, from Ben Hope to the South Downs, each tells of someone who has their own reasons to be in the mountains. From a vengeful student to obsessive hostel owner, the wannabe biker to the Wainwright expert with a secret. While the stories are varied in their subjects, all have mountains at their heart and a dark humour running through them.
Authored by Tim Woods, Twisted Mountains provides a different take on the characters you find in and around the mountains. Tim tells their stories in the characters' varied voices, in ways that are shocking, dark, funny and sad, sometimes all at once. Read one of these stories - Ysgolion Duon - on our blog.
All pre-orders include free UK P&P, a cloth badge, beer mat and a postcard signed by Tim to say thanks.
30th August 2021. Book Review: Tim Woods reviews 'Snow, Dog, Foot'
We've just put the second of our book reviews live. Claudio Morandini's modern day classic Snow, Dog, Foot is reviewed by Tim Woods, author of Twisted Mountains.
The icy oblivion of the Alps seen through the eyes of a hermit.
First published in 2015, Neve, Cane, Piede is Claudio Morandini's sixth book. A literary phenomenon, top-five Italian bestseller, it won the Procida-Elsa Morante-Isola di Arturo prize in 2016. It has been translated into French, Spanish, Turkish and now English by Pierene Press.
7th July 2021. Pre-orders for Mountain Stories.
We've just opened orders for Heather Dawe's Mountain Stories. All pre-orders include free UK P&P and a cloth badge. The first 100 orders also include a free limited edition signed print of the book's front cover illustration, the Five Sisters of Kintail during a cloud inversion.
11th June. Mountain Stories update.
We're just putting the final touches to the editing of Heather Dawe's new book Mountain Stories. It will be published in October and is a collection of writing and sketches of journeys in and around the Scottish Highlands and Islands. All of these stories were written during lockdown, Heather wrote about and illustrated her memories as a means of getting to the Highlands and Island when she couldn't do this physically. Along with mountain and sea journeys, in the book Heather explores the culture of the Highlands and Islands, and writes how their landscape and history have inspired her own writing and painting, as well as those of other artists and writers. With journeys set in places such as Assynt and the Far North, Knoydart, Fisherfield, the Outer Hebrides and Skye's Cuillin, if you have a love for high, wild places we're hopeful this could be a book for you.
We're also very excited to be able to say that Mountain Stories has a Foreword written by Arran resident, Mountain Leader and President of Scottish Ramblers, Lucy Wallace. We felt it would be perfect if Lucy could write this for us and the inspiring words she has written form a brilliant introduction to the book.
Pre-orders for Mountain Stories will open in July. You can also read three of the stories on Heather's blog.
8th June 2021. Throughout June 2021 get a 20% discount on Little Peak books.
Need some adventurous summer reading? Throughout June get a 20% discount on all Little Peak books when you order direct from us. Please use coupon code JUNE20 during checkout. All orders include free UK postage :o)
28th May 2021. Twisted Mountains.
You meet all sorts in the mountains. Young and old, rich and poor, those with a kind heart and those who are pure evil…
Some news about the second book we will be publishing this year - Twisted Mountains - Tall Tales From Britain’s High Places. A collection of short stories set among the summits of England, Scotland and Wales, from Ben Hope to the South Downs. Each tells the story of someone who has their own reasons to be in the mountains. From a vengeful student to obsessive hostel owner, the wannabe biker to the Wainwright expert with a secret. While the stories are varied in their subjects, all have mountains at their heart and a dark humour running through them.
Authored by Tim Woods, Twisted Mountains provides a different take on the characters you find in and around the mountains. Tim tells their stories in the characters' varied voices, in ways that are shocking, dark, funny and sad, sometimes all at once.
We'll be publishing Twisted Mountains in October, opening pre-orders soon and blogging a story or two in the coming months so you can see why we like them so much. An enticing bit of UK noir, with mountains as a central theme.
20th May 2021. New books for 2021 and cloth badges.
We've been busy recently getting Heather Dawe's Mountain Stories through it's final editing and then ready for going to print. We will soon be ready to tell you more about the other book we will also be publishing this October. It's a collection of short stories inspired by Britain's high places and the characters found in them and it's called Twisted Mountains. We're just finalising its cover at the moment and will share it soon, along with one of the short stories from the book to hopefully whet your reading appetites.
All direct orders for books to our online bookshop are very gratefully received (and frankly enable us to make new books!). These also include a free cloth badge. Here's the one we're currently including with orders and the design for a new one that should be arriving with us in the next week or so.
26th April 2021. Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross online archive.
Here's some news about one of the books we're working on. Since late 2019, Jo and Heather have been preparing the content for and writing John's Race - the story of the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross. This book tells the stories of the Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross and its creator and first winner: the late, great John Rawnsley.
26th March 2021. Mountain Stories.
A bit more news about this year's books. In a turn around from February, we are going to publish Heather Dawe's Mountain Stories this autumn instead of next spring.
Here is the book's cover and a few words from Heather: "I have been writing mountain stories since last September. I've put three of these online and now have an additional eight, a book's worth. Written almost entirely in lockdown or some kind of movement restriction, Mountain Stories is a book of memories and sketches of some of my past journeys in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
Through this time I have missed the mountains, reliving old journeys through my writing and sketching has been enlightening in that I've realised just how powerful memories can be. I have written and sketched Skye's Cuillin, Assynt, Knoydart, Mull, Kintail and a number of other highland regions and islands. Always self-propelled, my mode of transport varies between walking,running, cycling, sea-kayaking or some combination.
Visiting and writing of these places has also led me to explore their history and culture, the folklore of the Highlands, some of which make their way into these stories.
The image on the book's cover is a scene from a cloud inversion I saw during a run along the Five Sisters of Kintail. Along with the words, Mountain Stories will be illustrated with about 20 of my sketches."
In addition, we are now tentatively accepting submissions for potential publication in 2022 and beyond. We say tentative as, like many others, we have been impacted by the pandemic and have had to rein in our publishing plans for 2021, which could happen again next year. Let's hope not! If you're interested please take a look at our submissions page.
25th November - Traceless launch at Kendal and the Traceless Days film
Traceless was launched at Kendal Mountain Literature Festival this Monday evening. Authors Geoff Cox and Heather Dawe spoke with Henry Iddon about the inspiration for Traceless - fell-running, the Lake District, the Gerry Charnley Round, map-reading and a few other things that they combined together to form the basis of the words and art that make up the book. An online launch, it's available on catch-up (along with a host of other great events and films) until the 31st December from here.
The Traceless Days film was shown as part of the launch and we're releasing it now for you to see. Produced by Rich Berry at Reel Things, we are very grateful for the way Rich has combined Heather and Geoff's spoken words with illustrations from Traceless so beautifully.
You can order a copy of Traceless from us below.
29th October 2020. Traceless and 22,000 Miles are published!
It's been a busy last few months and we are incredibly excited to say that Traceless and 22,000 Miles are now published!
The initial responses to both books have been very exciting, thank you to everyone who has supported them so far.
Traceless' authors Geoff Cox and Heather are very excited that it is being launched at this year's Kendal Mountain Literature Festival.
Watch this space for news about the launch for 22,000 Miles.
2nd August 2020. Traceless pre-orders.
Geoff Cox and Heather have been putting the final touches to Traceless, their book that explores the spirit of fell-running, inspired by the Gerry Charnley Round. Traceless is a combination of poetry, memoir, fiction and travelogue, fully colour illustrated with paintings and sketches of central Lake District mountain scenes.
We're publishing in October and now taking pre-orders. Along with a copy of Traceless signed by Geoff and Heather, everyone ordering will receive two signed poetry cards.
27th June 2020. 22,000 Miles will be published in October
Through the winter and the strange times of lockdown we have been working with Rich Seipp on his book 22,000 Miles. We're now at the final draft and print preparation and it's soon to go on Kickstarter.
9th March 2020. Traceless.
We will be publishing two books this year, Rich Seipp's 22,000 Miles, his incredibly inspiring, funny and absorbing stories of his cycling adventures with his son Tom. Along with 22,000 Miles will be Traceless, a book that celebrates the challenge and joy to be found in fell running, in particular when the runner is self-sufficient in every way.Traceless is a combination of poetry, memoir, biography and travelogue, fully colour illustrated with paintings and sketches of central Lake District mountain scenes.
18th October 2019. 22,000 Miles.
22,000 miles. That's how far Richard Seipp has ridden with his 14 year-old son Tom. Many of these were hard miles, in incredibly beautiful, mountainous places. Rich has written a book telling of his and Tom's adventures, we will be publishing it in 2020 and here is a little appetizer in his own words.
30th September 2019. A Cycling Year has gone to print - now for our next book!
We have just sent off our next book A Cycling Year to print. It follows on the heels of our first - High Inspiration was published in June. Now we need to get busy heading out and about to bookshops and similar, getting our books on the shelves for you to see. We are also beginning to work towards publishing our third book and are very excited to share who has written it.