One day in 1939 Tom Weir left his steady job at the Co-op in Glasgow and embarked on a life of writing and adventure. After serving in the Army, he joined the first British postwar expedition to the Himalaya. In Weir's World, which he describes as 'An Autobiography of Sorts', Tom shares the excitement and the challenge of mountain-climbing and of discovering new lands and different cultures -- travelling in the Lofoten Islands, Nepal, Morocco, Kurdistan, Corsica and Yugoslavia -- and describes walks and climbs in many parts of his beloved Scotland.
Tom Weir was born in Springburn, Glasgow in 1914. The son of a locomotive-engine fitter, he was in the first generation of working-class outdoor men and began tramping the hills near the city whenever he could escape from the grocery where he worked. In 1950 he was a member of the first postwar Himalayan expedition and in 1952 was one of the first mountaineers to explore the previously closed ranges of Nepal, east of Katmandu. His climbing took him to Greenland, Norway, Morocco and Kurdistan. Tom Weir became one of Scotland's best-known and best-loved figures. He wrote a dozen books and won the Scottish Television Personality of the Year award for his programme Weir's Way. Among other accolades he received the MBE and was the first recipient of the John Muir Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 'in recognition of his contribution to the wider understanding of wild places'. Tom Weir died in 2006.
'I was both astonished and delighted when this autobiography came my way ... topics range back and forth to give a kaleidoscopic effect rather than a steady plod. Tom wouldn't know how to plod; he has gobbled up experiences, people, places, wildlife and mountains for most of his eighty plus years'
-- Hamish Brown The Scots Magazine
'Tom Weir's love of the wild and high places shines through and his own magnificent photographs provide perfect illustrations'
-- Dundee Courier