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The Long Day Done

 

A percentage of the profits from this book are donated to the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.

About this book:

  • ISBN: 190 452 4036 (paperback)

  • Published 2003

  • Price £9.50 + postage

  • 173 pages

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About the Author:
Jeremy Rowan Robinson has been involved in mountaineering since he was a teenager. He was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales. He later worked as solicitor to the Lake District National Park authority and during that time was a member of the Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team. He subsequently moved to Scotland where he became Professor of Planning and Environmental Law at Aberdeen University. He is currently a member of the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage and Chairman of the Access Forum for Scotland.

Reviews:

Jeremy writes with experience to set the scene for this mountaineering tragedy. He has an eye for detail and an obvious love for the Lake District and its people, as he takes the reader through an all too familiar Bank Holiday mountain rescue incident. A cracking tale. Bronco Lane, MM, BEM, Everest Summiteer and Author of Military Mountaineering

A gripping read - of special appeal to those connected or interested in Mountain Rescue in the Lake District. "The Long Day Done" portrays horrendous winter rescue conditions on the hill. The story parallels real life decisions made by the Lakeland trained volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams. Dave Freeborn, Team Leader, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team


Saluting heroes of the high life

MOUNTAIN rescuers are a rare breed - people of honour, strength and courage, with a little strain of insanity laced through their blood for good measure.

Unlike the firemen who risk their all for the lives of others on a daily basis, mountain rescuers are the saviours who receive little reward. In fact, they receive nothing, volunteering to commit themselves to often fruitless searches for those lost in conditions even God might fear. Jeremy Rowan Robinson was himself a rescuer and this novel draws on his experiences in the field - a far cry from his current post as professor of planning and environmental law at Aberdeen University.

Although written as a work of fiction, Mr. Robinson's novel should in no way simply by taken as an enjoyable diversion, a plain old tale of adventure and rescue. The development of relationships between the characters in The Long Day Done is played out as with any decent story, but to a certain degree might seem extraneous to some, given the book's obvious focus on what happens in a rescue situation.

But remember, like actual rescues in the hills you might have read or heard about, a back-story exists; it's just that it might never be told if those accidents ended in death. Having enjoyed a day with rescuers in the north-east - in perfect health and as a walking companion rather than victim - I can say this novel tells of the adversity they face with an almost unsettling accuracy.

To that end, it acts as a salute to the men and women who devote their time and health to saving others, and a lesson to those who might harbour feelings on the topic or plan escapades in the mountains sometime soon. A percentage of profits from the book will go towards the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association. Alan Gorham, Press & Journal, Aberdeen, May 2003


 

 

 

 

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