Floating: Swimming Cowside Beck

17 August 2017 // Books

Joe Minihane’s Floating: a life regained – 3 copies of which are up for grabs on tomorrow’s newsletter – sees the author reenacting Roger Deakin’s wild swimming tour. The following extract recounts a swim at Cowside Beck in the Yorkshire Dales. I couldn’t bring myself to come all this way and not go in search […]

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Thinking of Trees

15 August 2017 // Books

In a piece originally given as a talk at Hay Festival for The Woodland Trust, artist and author Jackie Morris discusses cave paintings, tree language, and The Lost Words, her upcoming book collaboration with Robert Macfarlane. Sometimes the things we are working on all stitch together, threads curl around the world, through time and place. […]

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Review

9 August 2017 // Birds //Books

As Kingfishers Catch Fire, by Alex Preston and Neil Gower (Corsair, hardback, 280 pages. Out now and available here) Review by Will Burns Although Wendell Berry was talking specifically about the land when he wrote that a ‘destructive history, once it is understood as such, is a nearly insupportable burden. Understanding it is a disease […]

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The Wolves of Currumpaw: a review

30 July 2017 // Books

The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill (Flying Eye Books, hardback, 88 pages. Out now and available here.) Review by Nick Hayes William Grill’s second book, The Wolves of Currumpaw, tells the story of Old Lobo, a legendary wolf of New Mexico, and the artist, naturalist and hunter (aka standard Victorian), Ernest Thompson Seton, who […]

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Outskirts: an extract

27 July 2017 // Books

An extract from John Grindrod’s Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt, our competition prize on tomorrow’s newsletter. Make sure you’re subscribed for the chance to win. Introduction – The Last Road in London I grew up on the last road in London. At the end of our front garden there was […]

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