IAN R MITCHELL taught for over twenty years at Clydebank College but gave up teaching to devote himself to writing full time, and has now published many titles and won both the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and the Outdoor Writers' Guild Award for Excellence. A native of Aberdeen and author of Aberdeen Beyond the Granite, Ian has lived in Glasgow since 1973, and has written widely about his adoptive city.
We tend to associate the figure of the 'flaneur' with Paris, a city that encourages walking through all districts. But here Mitchell reclaims it forcefully and often beautifully for Glasgow, exhorting us to explore areas once thought 'off limits' as well as the tourist attractions to provide also a history of the working class. - The Sunday Herald