An award-winning artist, Sarah Jane Douglas is also a mother, a mountain lover and a survivor. She is a former primary school teacher and is currently a self-employed gardener and artist. Sarah hails from the Scottish Highlands, where she was brought up by her mother and her grandparents. They encouraged a young Sarah to keep a regular diary, a discipline which she continues to this day on her blog ‘Smashing Cancer in the Face’. Just Another Mountain grew from these journals.

Just Another Mountain
Elliott and Thompson, June 2019

In 1997, at the age of 24, Sarah lost her mother to breast cancer. Alone and adrift in the world, she very nearly gave up hope- but she’d made a promise to her mother that she would keep going no matter what.  So she turned to the beautiful, dangerous, forbidding mountains of her native Scotland.   By walking in her mother’s footsteps, she learns to accept her own troubled past, finding the strength to overcome her grief – and ultimately, to carry on in the face of her own diagnosis twenty years later.

Searingly honest and utterly relatable, bringing the exhilarating triumphs and challenges of mountain walking to life with wit, charm and raw candour, Just Another Mountain is a story of hope and redemption, and of how we can learn to live and to love.  

Sometimes, all you can do is to put one foot in front of the other…and just keep walking.

Praise for Just Another Mountain

‘I loved Just Another Mountain…It’s a really good read.’ Lorraine Kelly

‘An inspiring book for anyone facing challenges. And a heartfelt reminder that only some mountains look like mountains.’ Tristan Gooley, Author and natural navigator

‘It is a beautifully written book…a powerful message and a thrilling conclusion to a seemingly unachievable goal.’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

‘A story of love and loss and of the redemptive power of mountains, in particular, the incomparable mountains of Scotland’ Stephen Venables, mountaineer and writer

‘Honest, raw and beautifully written, this uplifting memoir is testament that in life there are times when there is nothing for it but to scale that mountain.’ The Herald Magazine

‘Triumphs and challenges are revealed with honesty and affection.’ Choice Magazine