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Orison for a Curlew

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by horatio clare
The Slender-billed Curlew, Numenius tenuirostris, 'the slim beak of the new moon', is one of the world's rarest birds. It once bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and Central Asia. Today the Slender-billed Curlew exists as a rumour, a ghost species surrounded by unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certa...
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My House of Sky

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by Hetty Saunders
Since his rise to fame in 1967 when his work "The Peregrine" was awarded the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, J A Baker has captured the popular imagination with his vivid descriptions of British landscapes and native wildlife. Compelling, strange and at times both startlingly funny and cruel, Baker's prose is at one with his image as a writer, which has, since the publication of his first work, been characteriz...
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Havergey

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by Burnside, John
On the small and remote island of Havergey, a few years from now, a community of survivors from a great human catastrophe has created new lives and a new world in a landscape renewed after millennia of human exploitation. To this strange new land comes a traveller from our own time, bewildered by what he finds, and an object of curiosity for the inhabitants, especially the one assigned to watch over him, as...
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Limestone Country

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by Sampson, Fiona
This book is a love letter to a rock: limestone. Limestone produces some of the most distinctive, and long-inhabited, landscapes in the world; astonishingly varied, it can also be exceptionally beautiful. Limestone Country is an account of a love affair with this sedimentary rock.
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Snow

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by Marcus Sedgwick
Of all weathers, snow is the one that has always affected Marcus Sedgwick the most. While many people's idea of the perfect holiday involves sun, sea and sand, he instead makes trips to cold, snowy parts of the world: Russia, Scandinavia or the Arctic Circle. A few years ago he bought a mountain home, an old chalet d'alpage high in the Haute Savoie, and for the first time he began to understand what...
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A Shepherd's Life

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by Hudson, W. H.
Through the story of one man, Caleb Bawcombe, a shepherd whose flocks graze the Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset borders, we meet men and women of humble birth - poachers, gypsies, farmers and laborers - striving to survive on the land. As we read, the cumulative affect of their stories becomes much more than a record of rural life. It reads like a lost hymn, sung by people whose lives were disregarded and w...
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The South Country

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by Edward Thomas
Acutely sensitive to rhythms of the countryside, Edward Thomas's lyrical, passionate, and sometimes political writing merges natural history with folk culture, and gives us a free-form record of the feelings and observations of one of the great poets of the English language. First published 1909 by J.M. Dent & Sons
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Farmer's Glory

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by A G Street
First published in 1932 and written in simple, direct prose, Farmer's Glory is a portrait of a farming life in southern England and in western Canada, and is a model of the genre: warm and humorous as well as an astute and unflinching account of the hardships of a farming life. Introduced, in this new, edition by James Rebanks, bestselling author of The Shepherd's Life.
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The Fat of the Land

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by Seymour, John
In the 1970s, John Seymour's book, The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency was a huge, international best-seller, inspiring a new generation to "down-shift" to a new way of life. The book has remained in print ever since. But years earlier, Seymour had written and published The Fat of the Land, telling of how he and his family settled in Suffolk and began a life entirely separate from the modern world. This w...
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Orison for a Curlew

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by Clare, Horatio
The Slender-billed curlew is one of the world's rarest birds. A beautiful, fragile creature, it bredin Siberia and wintered in the Mediterraneanbasin, passing through the wetlands and estuariesof Italy, Greece, the Balkans and cental Asiatwice a year. Then, for mysterious reasons, thepopulation crashed.
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Ring Of Bright Water

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by Gavin Maxwell
Hailed a masterpiece when it was first published, the story of Gavin Maxwell's life with otters on the remote west coast of Scotland remains one of the most lyrical, moving descriptions of a man's relationship with the natural world. "One of the outstanding wildlife books of all time."-New York Herald Tribune First published 1960 by Longmans, Green & Co.
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In Pursuit of Spring

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by Thomas, Edward
In mid to late March 1913, as the storm clouds of the Great War which was to claim his life gathered, Edward Thomas took a bicycle ride from Clapham to the Quantock Hills. The poet recorded his journey through his beloved South Country and his account was published as In Pursuit of Spring in 1914. Regarded as one of his most important prose works, it stands as an elegy for a world now lost. What is less wel...
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Love, Madness, Fishing: A Memoir

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by Petley, Dexter
Dexter Petley grew up in the 1960s and 70s, on the borders of Kent and Sussex. It was a time of eeking out a living mending cars, exterminating pests or hop picking. Boys were taught to fish by their fathers during the weekends, cast after cast plopping into willow-shaded water. While weekdays were spent at the secondary modern, where gardening and small-holding were still taught. Peopled by extraordinary c...
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The Tree

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by Fowles, John
John Fowles' writing life was dominated by trees. From the orchards of his childhood in suburban Essex,to the woodlands of wartime Devon, to his later life on the Dorset coast, trees filled his imagination and enriched his many acclaimed and best-selling novels.Told through his lifelong relationship with trees, blending autobiography, literary criticism, philosophy and nature writing, The Tree is a masterly...
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Arboreal: A Collection of Words from the Woods

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by COOPER, ADRIAN
A century ago woodlands were at the heart of daily life. Trees and hedgerows, copses and spinneys provided wood-fuel, thatch and bedding, woodland pasture for pigs and cattle, medicine from tree bark and a wild harvest of nuts and fruit for the home. But the role of woodlands has been in decline in the last two centuries, drifting ever further from our modern lives. Yet there is no other landscape in the Br...
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The Mirror of the Sea

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by Conrad, Joseph
When Joseph Conrad was discharged from the clipper Torrens in London during the summer of 1893, his seafaring career was over. He had travelled the world by then, risen in rank from apprentice to captain, survived shipwreck and turbulent seas. But after nineteen years afloat he longed for the land, and wrote to his cousin of the 'uniform grey of my existence'. Once ashore, however, vivid memories of his pa...
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The Unofficial Countryside

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by Mabey, Richard
Richard Mabey reveals the astonishingly rich world of animal and plant life surviving and often thriving among docklands, railways, factories and canals.
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Deer Island

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by Ansell, Neil
At the beginning of the 1980s Neil Ansell chose a life of voluntary poverty working for the Simon Community, a charity with radical approaches to helping homeless people. He lived in squats and 'derries' across London, becoming part of a floating community of volunteers and rough sleepers whose purpose was to offer companionship and support for each other. But around them Britain was changing. It was becomi...
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Four Hedges

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by Leighton, Clare
Clare Leighton was one of the finest engravers of the twentieth century. In the 1930s, when she settled in the countryside with her long-term partner, the political journalist Henry Noel Brailsford, she turned her creativity to the land. Gardening became her passion. Her obsession. This is the story of the garden she carved from meadowland deep in the Chiltern Hills. 'Phrases and images fill you with deligh...
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The Shining Levels

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by Wyatt, John
John Wyatt first encountered the Lake District during a boyhood camping trip to Windermere. He was overwhelmed by the freedom of the landscape and the closeness to nature. It was as if he belonged here, amongst the fells, the crags, and the endless horizon. This call to the wild stayed with him, becoming so powerful that one day he did what many only dream of: he left a steady job and his town life to becom...
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