This is a lovely book about the five years Neil Ansell spent living in a rickety old cottage in the hills of central Wales, chopping wood, gathering mushrooms, and watching nature.
Rather than recounting a detailed chronology, which, over five years, would inevitably involve some repetition, Ansell wisely groups related events from different years. This, I found, gave a much better feel for what was going on each season.
Ansell is a wonderful and knowledgeable observer of nature, and Deep Country is an absolute joy.
Here’s a video of the man himself telling you a bit more about the book:
Disclosure (August 2020): I first read and very much enjoyed Deep Country back in 2012. Since then, Neil Ansell and I have become friends. He provided some cover blurb for my book On the Moor.
“…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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