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All back-cover blurbs be damned, this really is one of those rare and precious things, a remarkable book. Perfect for sharing snacks and dips. He delivers enthralling vignettes about the natural history of the mole and the badger, and describes the mayhem wrought upon his newly-born lambs by swooping red kites. His many previous books include The Wild Life: View all 14 comments. Buying format see all. This isn’t at all fluffy; sometimes nature “is red in tooth and claw” A Wonderful nature writing that brought me back to all the books I loved as a child:

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Explore the hand-picked range of restaurants and coffee shops at Brent Cross offering a variety of world cuisines from Italian to sushi in the Food Court to classic American on The Patio for outdoor dining. It is a haven for a huge range of flora and lewi, that Lewis-Stempel describes with deep affection. May 31, Ian Brydon rated it it was amazing. May 13, Graychin rated it it was amazing.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sometimes we look and do not see the daily dramas played out on just one patch of earth. The star shaped ‘O’ has a gold coloured underside.

Meadowland discussion 4 21 May 03, View all 3 comments. This book is incredible no matter what facet if nature you enjoy and is essentially but easy and highly enjoyable reading for lovers of nature and wildlife.


Open Preview See a Problem? Making je Absolutely wonderful. Very enjoyable diary of rural life in Herefordshire.

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Please provide a valid price range. I learnt so much about English flora and fauna reading Meadowland In Lewis-Stempel’s account, though, the meadow is so much more than merely a pasture land and source of winter fodder. Jun 14, Andrew Cox rated it it was amazing. Meadowland, by John Lewis Stempel. I read it every night, just a few days of his life, to bring myself, even just for a moment, to a beautiful day in the meadow.

I shall take away the thought that every corner of our world, however humble, has its own dynamics and is important in its own uohn. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil cowslipp Celebrating the legacy of renowned British nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the Prize reflects his core values of inspiring people to explore the outdoors, whilst engendering a love of landscape and respect for nature.

Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel wins Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015

Even hoary old professional conservationists like me need reminding from time to time of the wonders all around us. The book was a Sunday Codslip Top 30 non-fiction bestseller on its release last year. Strewn with literary quotations from as diverse a range of sources as Chaucer, Shakespeare, John Lily and Wordsworth, and peppered with historical glosses detailing the use of the land by his Roman and Anglo-Saxon predecessors farming this tract of land.

He peppers his daily observations about the birds, insects, flowers, and vegetation in his field with poetry, history, little scraps of notes he made while out working, and the current situation with farming in England and climate change.


Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel

His many previous books include The Wild Life: Nature red in tooth and claw, framed by a writer of rare lyrical ability. The birder in me couldn’t help noting down the bird list Snipe, wren, robin, chaffinch, heron, buzzard, red kite, curlew, redwing, blue tit, great tit, dipper, blackcap, chiffchaff,swallow, swift, house Martin, yellow wagtail, raven, longtailed tit, meadow pippit, skylark, sparrow hawkkestrel, tawny owl, merganser, great crested grebe, Whenever I read a nature book I try to remember one thing and then go and identify it in the wild, this time around I am focusing on the awesome sounding “Wolf Spider” I get them in my garden and will now be able to identify them as I save my wife and eldest daughter from being eaten alive by one of them.

This cannot be a rational review, as the neurons in several parts of this nature lover’s brain kept triggering the release of pleasure-neurotransmitters sentence after sentence. Lewis-Stempel demonstrates his deep love and feeling of connection with his bit of English earth in a very unobtrusive and reverent manner. Intended as a Christmas table decoration it can be used all year round.

Return to Book Page. This is a book to fall in love with and read again and again and again.