Ring The Hill by Tom Cox (Unbound) Here we are again taking wonderful walks along the lanes and fields, the beaches and - this is what it's all about - up and down hills of England in the company of Tom Cox. The whole book is threaded through with hares, as almost mythical, unfindable creatures… Continue reading Review: Ring The Hill
Footnotes by Peter Fiennes (Oneworld)In "Footnotes" Peter Fiennes journeys round Britain, from Cornwall to Skye, leaving no gaps in the journey, accompanied by as diverse a set of writers as can be imagined; Enid Blyton and Gerald of Wales, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Celia Fiennes, Beryl Bainbridge and J.B. Priestly, Somerville and Ross, Boswell and… Continue reading Review: Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers
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.
You Are What You Read by Jodie Jackson (Unbound) As I clatter out this post on the deadline - pretty much like any number of journalists are required to do ten times a day, apparently - we've just had the European Parliament elections, Trump (ugh) is in the UK , politics seems quite insane and… Continue reading Blog Tour: You Are What You Read
The Good Bee - A Celebration of Bees and How To Save Them by Alison Benjamin & Brian McCallum (Michael O'Mara Books) The remarkably loud buzzing of a bumble bee in early spring, as it somehow* flies from place to place like a noisy levitating pompom is one of the loveliest sounds, a sign we… Continue reading Blog Tour: The Good Bee
Outpost by Dan Richards (Canongate) I first saw this book go by in a picture on Twitter, the striking red roof of the little bothy dwarfed by the moor and mountains surrounding it. That, I thought, is a book I need to read. It hasn't disappointed - in fact I think it's one of the… Continue reading Review: Outpost