In ‘Field Notes From The Edge’, one of Britain’s foremost nature writers takes us on a journey through Britain’s hidden wilderness.
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Celebrated naturalist Paul Evans explores the gaps between one place, one state of mind, one truth and another.
This beautifully written book is a work of dark wonder, capturing our changing world and treading the narrow way between our love of nature and fear of it.
From Shropshire’s Wenlock Edge, which he knows so well, Paul Evans looks at other kinds of ‘edge’ and the wild lives that inhabit them in ruins, strandlines, caves, heaths, islands, marshes, swarms, and more. From ice-age caves to ancient hedgerows, this is a celebration of things lost, overlooked or hiding in plain sight.
Best known as an author of The Guardian’s Country Diary column, Paul Evans is a naturalist, university lecturer, broadcaster of natural-history documentaries and award-winning dramas for Radio 4 and performance poet. He’s already acclaimed as one of Britain’s leading nature writers – the ‘John Clare of his generation’.
He writes for publications including BBC Wildlife, Geographical, The National Trust Magazine and Country Living, and his work appears in many anthologies. In his time he has also been a grave digger, managed gardens for the National Trust, worked for Percy Thrower, been commissioned by a billionaire to collect samples of all the plants in eastern North America, fronted a punk band and looked after botanical gardens in New York.
He has had his poetry set to music by an American folk group and even been the subject of an MA at a Belgian university. He lives with his family in Much Wenlock, Shropshire where he was born.
Field Notes from the Edge
Published by Rider, June 4, 2015
£12.99; also on Kindle