This book was one of my two favourite new reads of 2014 (the other being A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson). It comprises a large collection of short articles, the majority of which are taken from Mark Cocker’s entries in the Guardian’s Country Diary column. Most of the articles are set in and around Cocker’s home in Claxton, Norfolk.
The articles are arranged in day-of-the-year order, irrespective of the year in which they were written. This was a clever move, as it makes the collection feel like a flowing narrative, rather than an assortment of discrete essays.
A must-read for all lovers of nature writing.
“…wonderfully droll, witty and entertaining… At their best Carter’s moorland walks and his meandering intellectual talk are part of a single, deeply coherent enterprise: a restless inquiry into the meaning of place and the nature of self.”
—Mark Cocker, author and naturalist
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