The Camomile Road

When Alice went down the rabbit hole or when the children stepped through the wardrobe they found themselves in a completely new and strange situation; unexpected; unimaginable; unbelievable perhaps. Their new world offered adventure and danger but also hope, intrigue and escape. The worlds of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) and CS Lewis have become … Continue reading The Camomile Road

The Wood

Striding along the cow-parsley avenue my mind wanders, escaping the everyday. Jess the spaniel jumps among the sheaves of wheat in the field adjacent and I call her to my side. She initially ignores the demand, as usual, and then sprints towards me, overpassing on the path. I am sauntering towards the wood which lies … Continue reading The Wood

Land Lines: finding the UK’s favourite book about nature

Many of you will already have heard about this inspired project from the Arts and Humanities Research Council encouraging Brits to nominate their favourite book about the natural world. Each nomination must be of a book 'by a UK-based writer or by an author who writes about the UK's landscape and/or wildlife', and the deadline for … Continue reading Land Lines: finding the UK’s favourite book about nature

Book Review: ‘Wild Kingdom’ by Stephen Moss

Few nature writers today offer a writing style that is quite as approachable as Stephen Moss. His writing lifts you into his direct experience and thought space in a manner that avoids preaching and pretentious language, often a danger in this area, instead offering storytelling that is accessible, humorous and a joy to read. Wild … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Wild Kingdom’ by Stephen Moss

Book Review: ‘Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain’ by Lucy Jones

Elliott & Thompson kindly asked me to review Lucy Jones’ debut book Foxes Unearthed, a wonderfully constructed exploration of the ways that we feel about foxes in modern Britain. Perhaps other than Brock, few other mammals attract such strong opinions or are embroiled in contemporary debates at the heart of British politics. Jones constructs a narrative … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain’ by Lucy Jones