Book review: ‘Antlers of Water’ edited by Kathleen Jamie

Writing on the nature and environment of Scotland.

‘Antlers of Water’ edited by Kathleen Jamie

I enjoyed this anthology of Scottish nature and environmental writing very much indeed. As with all such anthologies, I preferred certain pieces to others—and different readers would no doubt have different favourites—but the overall hit-rate was pretty high.

I particularly appreciated the depth of subjects covered, from wasps to wind turbines, foraging to wild swimming, music to poetry, archaeology to folklore, pregnancy to sexism, beaches to heritage centres, birds to rutting stags, moorlands to islands. With a range of subjects like that, there’s something for everyone.


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By Richard Carter

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This is a lovely book. I really enjoyed it—partly, I suspect, because I have a similar sense of humour to that of the author and also because I am generally curious about life. [...] The author is good at explanations. I like that. Eclectic—that’s what this book is. And rambling—in a good way (after all, these are walks). I liked it. I hope Richard Carter is writing another volume of his thoughts. I’ll buy it.
Mark Avery, author and former director of conservation at the RSPB, Sunday Book Review

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