Before Easter I posted about the best nature writing books (here).
I’ve been sidetracked by the good and necessary busy-ness of Holy Week and Easter, but I would like to return to this theme a bit over the next weeks. Thank you to everyone who has suggested favourite nature books. I’ll compile your suggestions and share them with everyone soon. If you have a favourite book or books on nature, perhaps you could let me know what it is in the Comments. I’d love to know.
I’ve been reflecting a bit on the nature writing I like, particularly as I’ve been working in the garden:
I want writing that
doesn’t worry about boundaries between people and nature, urban and rural, domesticated and wild. I don’t mind if it is nature writing or travel writing or memoir.
It should be good to read. I want it to enrich and enlarge my heart and mind and soul
to take me deep and make me itch to get out
I like it centred on love
love for the world, for the earth
that asks the tough questions about the damage we humans so often do, but which does not hold the urban and the city and the people who live there in contempt
that makes me feel as if my hands have been touching the soil
and which anchors me to this earth and its inhabitants
that is clear eyed and can laugh
That will do for a start.
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