A WELL-KNOWN author will be visiting Parkhall Library next month to discuss his latest book.

Hamish Brown, described as an “expert on all things Scottish” is also a traveller, climber and walker.

He will be spending an afternoon at the library on Thursday, October 11 from 2-4pm, to speak about East of West, West of East, his new book which tells the story of his own family caught in Japan at the outbreak of the Second World War.

It includes letters, journal extracts and notes from his parents, as well as his own recollections.

Hamish, who has travelled extensively, lives in Scotland and was originally born in Sri Lanka but has spent time living in Singapore, Japan and South Africa.

The event, organised by West Dunbartonshire Council libraries and cultural services, will be part of celebrating libraries week which runs from October 8 to October 13.

Hamish is best known for his walking exploits in the Scottish Highlands, having completed multiple rounds of the Munros and being the first person to walk all the Munros in a single trip with only ferries and a bicycle as means of transport.

On April 4, 1974 he set off on the trip to complete them all and finished his journey on July 24, 112 days later.

He covered 1,639 miles, climbed 289 peaks and wore out three pairs of boots.

In 2015, the author was awarded an OWPG lifetime achievement award for his outstanding contribution to outdoor writing and photography.

And in 2017, he was named the 10th recipient of the Scottish award for excellence in mountain culture.

A spokeswoman for West Dunbartonshire Council said: “We are delighted to welcome Hamish Brown to present his new book East of West, West of East at Parkhall Library.

“His extensive knowledge and experience combined with highlights from his family’s remarkable story during WW2 is sure to entertain everyone who attends.”

To get tickets for the free event, search “Hamish Brown: East of West, West of East” on Eventbrite.