At times while reading The Last Wilderness, you feel like you could hear a pin drop around you.
Neil Ansell ruminates on the nature of silence as he travels around the beautiful wilds of north-west Scotland. That silence is his own hearing loss blending into the increasing quiet he encounters as he walks beside gently-lapping lochs and through woods and glens.
The land is quiet, but not empty, as he is joined on his travels by the local wildlife, which he describes both vividly and with evident tenderness.
This is a book that allows you to step away from the daily grind as you read, like taking a long, deep and satisfying breath as you close the door on the rat race.