Irreplaceable by Julian Hoffman (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) We begin with a murmuration of starlings above Brighton Pier; some people have come especially to see this, some are caught up in it after a day at the seaside, or on their way elsewhere. Hoffman describes the birds "...being sieved unseen from the sea" and we can… Continue reading Review: Irreplaceable
Underland by Robert MacFarlane (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton) In the early 1980s I was 14 and we went on a geography field trip to the Dales. I wasn't what you'd describe an intrepid teenager, yet I found myself on high tightropes in tree top assault courses and caving. We went down Long Churn; I am convinced I… Continue reading Review: Underland, A Deep Time Journey.
This Sunday just gone I went on a small adventure with my friend Vikki to the Rollright Stones. We'd both seen a photo on Janina Ramirez's Instagram feed of a circle of dancing willow faeries so of course we had to investigate! Saturday had been dreadful, weather wise, but by Sunday the rain had gone … Continue reading Rollright Stones – Dancing Faeries and Whispering Knights
Help The Witch by Tom Cox (Unbound) Help the Witch is a collection of spooky stories from Tom Cox, he's yearned to write fiction for years he says but is glad he waited (nine non-fiction books precede this, I reviewed 21st Century Yokel, the most recent, here) . Whatever effect the waiting has had on… Continue reading Review – Help The Witch
A half term trip to my parents in Lincolnshire - and a corresponding spot of fantastic sunny weather - gave me the opportunity to visit Spurn, the strip of land which loops out over the Humber Estuary, at the very edge of Yorkshire, and ends in Spurn Point. I don't know why I've left it so long (the… Continue reading Postcard From The Edge (of Yorkshire)