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Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Paperback – 18 Feb 2016

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited (18 Feb. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783962232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783962235
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews ( 10 customer reviews )
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"A book to live with and to love… features a wonderfully various array of poetry and prose, from Chaucer to the present day, that allows us to see the arrival and the passing of our most fecund season (and those who have written about it) in fresh and stimulating ways." -- Matthew Adams, Independent

"{A} tremendous, soul-lifting collection … a profound evocation of what rejuvenation means to the winterstunned psyche" -- Lucy Jones, BBC Wildlife Magazine

"The cover of this book is absolutely striking… I couldn't wait to look inside. It is so full of life… Full of perfectly mixed passages of the wonders of nature, this is a book I will turn to each year as the vivacious season of spring approaches." -- The Book Magnet

"A very lovely object … I was captivated by the writing. These were the words of people who wanted to share their experiences of the world around them; some of them wrote to inform, some of them wrote to celebrate, and of course the very best of them did both … There is nothing in it that doesn't deserve its place, and I can think of nothing that should be there but isn't. It would make a lovely Easter gift. It's a book that I know I will enjoy revisiting." -- Beyondedenrock.com

"An anthology edited by Melissa Harrison was never going to stick to [the] beaten track … important is her imaginative commissioning of new works and choice of previously published pieces. There are several refreshing novelties in this book … Serves to remind us that the future of nature writing - if we must use the label - is under no threat" -- Laurence Rose, thelongspring.com

"Everything about this book, from Lynn Hatzius' gorgeous cover, to the rich cream of the pages, to the meticulously selected content is an invitation … to taste the Spring in the air, to hear the grasses grow, to lose yourself in a vast sky or to watch the farmers at work. The book, like a sparkling Spring stream swollen with meltwater, is just begging for you to dip in." -- Richard Littledale, blogger

About the Author

Melissa Harrison is a writer and nature lover whose first novel Clay (2013) won the Portsmouth First Fiction prize, was selected for Amazon's 'Rising Stars' programme and named by Ali Smith as a book of the year. Her second, At Hawthorn Time (2015), was shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award and chosen by the Telegraph as one of their Books of the Year; both books are as much about the natural world as they are about people. She writes the Nature Notebook in The Times and regularly speaks about conservation, literature, and the very fertile ground between the two.

Wherever you are there is a Wildlife Trust caring for wildlife and wild places near you. There are 47 Wildlife Trusts covering the UK all working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone - on land and at sea. Together The Wildlife Trusts give millions of people the chance to connect with nature. You can support our work by joining your Wildlife Trust wildlifetrusts.org/join.



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Lovely book, bought for my wife and she loves it. Great content, great feel to the book and cover.
All four are a must have and make a really nice mini collection.
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Beautiful book. Arrived promptly and in perfect condition. A lovely collection of prose and poetry. Lovely gift. Would recommend for sure
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interesting and thought provoking book
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By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2017
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This is an absolutely beautiful paperback book. The cover illustration looks far more striking and lovely in reality than the reproduction here. I really enjoyed reading the extracts from about 55 writers (with a short biography of each). I did read it in short bursts as I occasionally got tired of reading about daffodils, cuckoos and lambs, but generally anyone in the faintest bit interested in wildlife and the natural world would love this. And everyone will have their favourite authors. Mine were the Reverend Gilbert White (1780), Edward Thomas (1909), Clare Leighton (1933), Richard Jefferies (1889) and R D Blackmore with an extract from Lorna Doone (1869). I was interested to read Dorothy Wordsworth's description of a walk with her brother where they saw - you've guessed it – hundreds of beautiful daffodils. This book is bound to awaken a new appreciation for the plants and creatures around us, coming back to life after a cold winter - and those we have lost for ever and those we will lose unless we take more care.
Some will be inspired to seek out the authors and read more. I remember The Country Child (Alison Uttley 1931) from school and confess I hated it then : now I can't read it often enough, it evokes so strongly a sadly vanished way of life.
Spring means something to everyone, but those lucky enough to care about connecting with nature will thoroughly enjoy this.
It was given to me as a present and I’m going to treasure it.
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The cover of this book is absolutely striking in vibrant tones of green, perfectly evoking thoughts of spring, and I couldn't wait to look inside. It is so full of life with the tweeting of birds, gambolling of lambs, slithering of snakes and not forgetting the escapades of Timothy the tortoise. As the season unfurls throughout each page it epitomises the season of spring with the joy and hope of new beginnings.

There are excerpts from the classics interspersed with modern writing from naturalists and nature writers. One minute you are reading a passage from Jane Eyre or Under Milk Wood and the next you are reading observations of a season unfolding within one day as the writer travels from North to South of our beautiful country.

On some of the older pieces, I was quite surprised to see the date it was written. They certainly didn’t give their age away which is testament to how wonderfully each passage has been selected for inclusion in this book. As an added bonus, it is published in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts, raising funds for trusts across the UK.

Full of perfectly mixed passages of the wonders of nature, this is a book I will turn to each year as the vivacious season of spring approaches.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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