“Every minute was magical… to be sat there with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I’d climbed through a hole in heaven’s fence”.
This extraordinary book, soon to be issued in a 50th anniversary edition, is a classic of nature writing, inspirational and revelatory with brilliant, intense, mythic-poetic language – described by Professor John Gray as probably the only example of shamanism in English literature.
For February the Book of the Month becomes the Author of the Month, as the 12th marks the second anniversary of the death of the outstanding and hugely inspirational botanist, historical ecologist and nature writer Oliver Rackham.
Book of the Month – The Man Who Planted Trees – Jean Giono. This beautifully written book is a short and deeply moving allegorical tale of the widowed shepherd Elzeard Bouffier and his lifelong, single-minded quest to replant an arid and desolate valley in Provence.
Matt Sewell ‘the Banksy of the Bird World’ – acclaimed street artist, avid ornithologist, artist-in-residence on Springwatch and worldwide exhibitor – has produced a brilliant addition to his sequence of pocketable mini-masterpieces.
A study of the relationship between soldiers and nature during the First World War, ‘Where Poppies Blow’ is informative, beautifully written and moving; powerfully making use of the letters, diaries and memoirs of amateur naturalists who provide passages of lyricism and contemplation set alongside those of starkness and horror.