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Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons Paperback – 25 Aug 2016

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited (25 Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783962488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783962488
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.1 x 13.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews ( 14 customer reviews )
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"In years to come, I have a feeling that Melissa Harrison will be responsible for the introduction of a whole new cohort of gifted writers to the English language. In collections such as this we shall encounter them first" -- Richard Littledale, blogger

"Waking early in the dark is autumn's gift, I tell myself. Get out there and smell it, taste it, watch and listen. 64 authors in this fine collection, skilfully assembled by Melissa Harrison, have the same message. The UK in autumn is a feast for the senses. If you feel it is passing you by, dip into these pages" -- Sue Brooks, Caught by the River

"This gorgeous little book is a diverse collection of autumnal prose and poetry, perfect to give as a gift to a lover of nature or literature, or to keep on your own shelves as a little treat to dip into from time to time ...The line drawings were simply lovely" -- Being Anne.com

"A celebration of the year's rich transformation" -- Plantlife

"Full of vibrant colour and sound... Autumn is a stunning anthology that perfectly captures this most beloved of seasons" -- thebookmagnet.blogspot.co.uk

"A pretty book with something for everyone inside" -- Call Me Madam

"Whatever your own experience of autumn - whether it's a much loved season or not; even if you call it "fall" instead - I can highly recommend this anthology's chorus of voices old and new. There's no better way for a book lover to usher in the season" -- BookishBeck

About the Author

Melissa Harrison's first novel Clay (2013) won the Portsmouth First Fiction prize; her second, At Hawthorn Time (2015), was shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel Award and longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Both are as much about the natural world as they are about people. She writes the Nature Notebook in The Times and her most recent book is Rain: Four Walks in English Weather .

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 their 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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A great book and interesting, you can dive into it almost anywhere. A good book to read whilst travelling.
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You couldn't mistake which season this book is about as the writing is so colourful that it could only be Autumn. I've previously read the hopeful new beginnings of Spring and the warm lazy days of Summer so naturally the clear crisp days of Autumn would follow.

Autumn is another anthology published in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts, so purchasing this book contributes to a worthy cause. Autumn is often chosen as the favourite season for many people, myself included, and this anthology clearly tells us why we think so fondly of Autumn. The changing colour of the leaves, the frantic scurrying of the hedgehogs and the crisp frosty mornings all warn us that Winter is coming.

In this anthology, there are some notable works from modern day authors and wildlife lovers. I am always surprised to find out who has written each piece and, although there are some classics such as Dylan Thomas, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, I thought that the modern day wildlife lovers really shone through in this anthology. I especially enjoyed reading about badger spotting by Alex Francis, invasion of dormice by Jane Adams, blackberry picking by Tamsin Constable, dolphin spotting by Lucy McRobert and salmon jumping by Megan Shersby. The piece that really stood out for me and epitomised Autumn was written by Louise Baker. Louise is the grandaughter of a naturalist and I believe that she captured Autumn perfectly in her short piece. I've chosen a few lines from Louise Baker's piece below, it really is magnificent and captures the essence of Autumn perfectly.

Autumn is bold bursts of colour...
Autumn is a dappled night sky peppered with stars...
Autumn is the crunch of leaves...
Autumn is the snuffle of hedgehogs...

Autumn is an anthology that you can dip and out of, but I found that once I got started I was intrigued to see what surprise was in store for me over the page. It is full of vibrant colour and sound as nature starts to preserve its inimitable energy of regeneration to survive the harsh winter that is to come. Autumn is a stunning anthology that perfectly captures this most beloved of seasons.

I chose to read and ARC of Autumn and this is my honest and unbiased opinion."}"> Read more ›
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Well, what a lovely lovely book! The cover got me straightaway and the contents did not let it down; a rich mix of old and new, famous and unknown authors make this a beautifully evocative read. This would make a very special gift - or just buy it for yourself. You won't regret it!
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Everyone probably has a favourite season – and I think Autumn might just be mine, kicking leaves, watching the glorious colours, and watching nature’s cycle slowing down again for another year. This gorgeous little book is a diverse collection of autumnal prose and poetry, perfect to give as a gift to a lover of nature or literature, or to keep on your own shelves as a little treat to dip into from time to time.

Some of my personal favourites? I loved Alexi Francis’ piece about badgers, Louise Baker’s wonderful descriptive prose and her description of “textured treasure” and Jane Adams and the mysterious scratching in her attic. There’s a lovely piece from Will Harper-Penrose on the finding of nature in the heart of the city, and I loved Lucy McRobert’s really moving account of dolphin watching in the Scillies. And I enjoyed the extract from Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, a real feast for the senses. Poetry too – good to rediscover some familiar ones from Yeats, Shelley and Tennyson, but some lovely ones that were new to me too, with my particular favourite being Alison Brackenbury’s Lapwings.

I really liked the way the book was punctuated by extracts from Reverend Gilbert White’s 1792 Naturalist’s Journal and Thomas Furly Forster’s 1827 Pocket Encyclopaedia of Natural Phenomena. The line drawings were simply lovely, and I also liked the addition of an appendix of biographies for further exploration.

Not the kind of book I usually review, but I really loved it. The next – and last – in the series, Winter, will be published on 20th October.
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I received this lovely book as a gift and couldn't be happier. Lots of new writers I hadn't come across before. Will be trying the others in the series too.
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There's something rather special about these beautifully expressive little books which look at the changing of the seasons in terms of articles, poems and general observations, all of which combine to celebrate this most glorious of seasons.It's one of those books which you can pick up at whim and find something which brings to life the colour and the fruitfulness of Autumn.

It could be the starkness of Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ode to the West Wind or the simplicity of Thomas Hardy's Last Week in October or even the glorious beauty of William Butler Yeats' poem The Wild Swans at Coole which catch your attention, as they did mine, or you could find that the crisp prose of talented writers, so beautifully expressed, is your favourite, but what is absolutely guaranteed is that whatever appeals to you, be it prose or poetry, there really is something for everyone contained within its 198 pages.

My absolute favourite observation comes from freelance writer Louise Baker whose beautifully written piece encapsulates all that is glorious about Autumn..." Autumn is the crunch of leaves as they scatter underfoot; it's the rustles, rattles and whispers of a woodland walk, and the wind whipping through bare branches and heaped foliage.."

Sharp and crisp with occasional touches of melancholy, this is a perfect read for the Autumn season.

As always the anthology is beautifully edited and introduced by its editor, Melissa Harrison.
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