- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141049324
- ISBN-13: 978-0141049328
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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Extraordinary...Deep Country is so powerful --Nick Groom, Independent
His rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that CS Lewis would have envied --Jules Hudson, BBC Countryfile
A life that may redefine the word solitary yet is also crowded by the thrum of the natural world --Metro
For those of us enslaved by mortgages and consumerism or dull work...this book will resonate with its many epiphanies. --Caught by the River
A beautiful, translucent portrayal of mid-Wales --Jay Griffiths, author of Wild
For those of us enslaved by mortgages and consumerism or dull work...this book will resonate with its many epiphanies --Caught by the River
A beautiful, translucent portrayal of mid-Wales --Jay Griffiths, author of The Wild
A life that may redefine the word solitary yet is also crowded by the thrum of the natural world.
--Metro --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Neil Ansell spent five years living on a remote hillside in Wales, and wrote his first book, Deep Country, about the experience. Since that time, he has become an award-winning television journalist with the BBC. He has travelled in over fifty countries and has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Big Issue.
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Neil has a great affinity with nature and things which would phase other people were causes of delight. I am not sure how I would feel about sharing my home with twenty of thirty bats for example. Even Neil however baulked at the spring-invasions of mice - fortunately the pretty field mouse variety rather than the disease carrying house mouse. The mice reduced Neil to hanging food in carrier bags from ham hooks embedded in the ceiling. The only way Neil could reduce the population of mice was to trap them and carry them across a river where he released them. No doubt killing them would have had no effect other than to make space for others.
Neil found that his life settled down into natural rhythms. He even developed his own rituals, such as seeing in the New Year from the summit of his hill or walking overnight into the hills at the Summer Solstice so he could watch the dawn from a mountain top. Five years of solitude was broken up by visits from friends, but Neil became accustomed to his way of life and found that he welcomed the return to quietness when they departed.Read more ›
As I live in Wales myself, I was initially frustrated by the fact that he never tells you where he is/was exactly, even though I knew he wanted to keep it private and secret. I would also have loved some drawings or photos of the wildlife, landscapes or bits of the house, but then again, his words create the pictures, so I'm not complaining.
I'm not a bird-watcher as such but did not find his accounts of encounters with various birds boring at all. In fact, I think he may have made a fledgling bird-watcher of me: I seem to be scanning the sky for hawks rather often now.
A magical, beautifully written book that slows you down and opens your eyes and mind.
Buy it, read it and get somebody else to read it!
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I can't get away from the feeling that this book was actually written in a flat in London so little does it actually have to say about living and surviving in the wild either... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John P. Brown
I finished reading it about a month ago, but it sticks with me. Ansell's writing style is no nonsense, and he knows a heck of a lot about birds. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Suzanne
Wonderful book for anyone who loves the natural world. Unsentimental, honest account of one man's time spent alone in the Welsh Hills. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruth writes
Beautiful book. Couldn't put it down. Wonderful descriptions of a wonderful place. Felt I was there.Published 2 months ago by M. Canning
This book had been on my wish list since it was first published and it did not disappoint. I am now adding the prequel to my wish list and will be more speedy in following up on... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Conlon
What a beautiful book ! Exquisitely written, this account of one man's solitary time in the breathtaking surroundings of the Welsh hills through all seasons is unputdownable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JMH