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‘Snow at Louveciennes’ by Alfred Sisley, 1878

Bleak beauty

15 December 2012
Winter Adam Gopnik

Quercus, pp.288, £18.99, ISBN: 9781780874449

Adam Gopnik’s dazzlingly knowledgeable and beautifully told essays on winter began life as the Massey Lecture Series on Canadian National Radio, the Canadian Reith lectures. But dismiss from your mind… Read more

‘Bear Baiting’, by Henry Thomas Alken (188-1851), published by Thomas McLean, 1820

A chronicle of brutality

8 September 2012
Animal Encounters: Human and Animal Interaction in Britain from the Norman Conquest to World War One Arthur MacGregor

Reaktion Books, pp.512, £40, ISBN: 9781861898494

In the 1820s and 30s, London used about 20 million goose quills a year. The government’s Stationery Office on its own was still getting through half a million a year… Read more

Enchanting waters

14 May 2011
To the River Olivia Laing

Canongate, pp.283, 16.99

This is a book which is sometimes so private that reading it seems very nearly like an act of invasiveness. There is nothing salacious or rude in it, but its… Read more

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Beyond pretty

17 March 2010
At the Water’s Edge: A Personal Quest for Wildness John Lister-Kaye

Canongate, pp.309, 18.99

For the last 30 years John Lister-Kaye has lived at Aigas, in the valley of the River Beauly, seven or eight miles from the sea and half an hour west… Read more

Behind the wit

13 May 2009
Home to Roost and Other Peckings Deborah Devonshire

John Murray, pp.168, 10

Home to Roost and Other Peckings by Deborah Devonshire, edited by Charlotte Mosley As Alan Bennett says in his introduction, ‘Deborah Devonshire is not someone to whom one can say… Read more

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Out of his shell

12 November 2008
Notes from Walnut Tree Farm Roger Deakin, edited by Alison Hastie and Terence Blacker

Hamish Hamilton, pp.309, 20

Notes from Walnut Tree Farm, by Roger Deakin, edited by Alison Hastie and Terence Blacker The writer, Robert Macfarlane, said of his friend, Roger Deakin, that everything Deakin had ever… Read more