- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Granta (7 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847082750
- ISBN-13: 978-1847082756
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.2 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Field Notes From a Hidden City Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013
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"A likeably quirky book ... Woolfson writes vividly about all things feathered ... Woolfson deserves only praise for bringing her hidden city - and our hidden prejudices - so enjoyably to light." --Sunday Telegraph
"In Field Notes, Woolfson turns her beady eye to the muddled and fascinating ecology of her hometown of Aberdeen ... The Aberdeen she unearths is a beguiling city ... Though her hidden city extends back through time, it's the living inhabitants that capture the larger part of Woolfson's attention and enthusiasm. There's nothing mystical about her enthusiasm for spiders, worms, shrews and foxes, but rather a kind of bustling curiosity about their strange and purposeful lives ... It can only be hoped that books like this play a part in making us both notice and value the lovely creatures we stand to lose, before the wild portions of our cities have been entirely swept and tidied and paved out of existence." --Observer
"The joy of this book is that it teaches us to observe afresh and to live peaceably with every species no matter how slimy." --Daily Telegraph
"This is a beautiful book, a meditation and an investigation, a contemplation of our uncaring attitude to wild animals. Part autobiography, it is shot through with the solitude and wisdom of older age, as Woolfson pursues her scientific studies alone."-The Times
"Woolfson is a thoughtful diarist, using events as jumping-off points for digressions into scientific information or passionate argument ... The elegance of her writing is superbly matched by Granta s stylish, exemplary production. The fine paper and beautiful illustrations make it a book that any urban dweller wanting a guide to nature within city walls will cherish."-Daily Mail
"This is an illuminating, humane and informative companion, throughout the seasons, in the great tradition of the finest nature writing even, and especially in, the grey granite grip of a northern winter."-Scotland on Sunday
"Woolfson changed our minds about rooks and crows with her memoir Corvus and now her new book is going to change our minds about other species, specifically those that have moved into the cities and made their home among the glass and the concrete" --Sunday Herald
"This is a reflective work that isn t quite as gentle as it might seem [it] underlines the fact that if we don t appreciate the value of nature under our noses, we may change it irrevocably." --Metro
About the Author
Esther Woolfson was brought up in Glasgow and studied Chinese at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Edinburgh University. Her acclaimed short stories have appeared in many anthologies and have been read on Radio 4. She is the author of Corvus: A Life with Birds, which is also published by Granta books. She has won prizes for her nature writing and received a Scottish Arts Council Travel Grant and a Writer's Bursary.
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Top Customer Reviews
Full disclosure. I am a friend of Esther Woolfson. Does that make me biased? Maybe, but I would have written much the same thing if that were not the case.
Any one from North East Scotland will particularly enjoy this wee jem!
The author has an exceptional ability to combine an eye for fine detail with an overlay of human feelings and emotion.
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be warned this is not really about nature. The main point of the book is showing off the poems, books and philosophy the author has imbibed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tucholsky
Esther Woolfson writes so beautifully and sensitively about the wildlife surrounding her. I love reading her work. A welcome sequel to 'Corvus,' one of my favourite booksPublished 4 months ago by oystercatcher
This is a marvellous book! I read years ago that every artwork is a self portrait. This book says as much about the author as the city of Aberdeen. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Katdinsky
Ms Woolfson's books are a delight, opening up so many hidden joys of our wildlife...I recommend her to all my friends...and do so again now.Published 19 months ago by rae
The wildlife featured was limited and did not cover a lot of the unusual things found in Aberdeen. What annoyed me so much was the portrayal of Aberdeen as a cold,wet,miserable... Read morePublished 19 months ago by dainty
I am rather disappointed by this book. There is more philosophy and quotes from other writers than I would like in what I thought was a wildlife book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jo Mac