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.
Hidden Nature : A Voyage of Discovery by Alys Fowler (Hodder & Stoughton) Over the past few years I've become addicted to nature memoirs - I have Amy Liptrott to thanks for this, with her amazing 2016 book 'The Outrun', which led me to reading the entire Wainwright Prize shortlist, and ultimately into a very… Continue reading Review: Hidden Nature, by Alys Fowler
Part 2 and I seem to have found yet another historical detective to start with... April Hue and Cry Shirley McKay Huw Cullen hangs out in late Medieval St Andrews and solves crimes. I found this book (and the rest of the series, oh what joy, I love a series!) in the AROS centre near… Continue reading My Year Of Reading 2017 – Part 2 (April – June)
I used to read fiction to the exclusion of anything else; historical novels, detective novels, historical detective novels, science fiction and fantasy novels, the 'literary' kind of novel (whatever that loaded term means), novels that were published months, years or centuries ago. I'd give house room to pretty much any kind of 'story book', but I was never a reader… Continue reading The Wainwright Prize & Other People’s Lives