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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (16 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571302718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571302710
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 0.9 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who has grown increasingly impressed by Macfarlane's nature writing over the past decade will feel instantly at home in this slight collaboration with writer Dan Richards and illustrator Stanley Donwood ... With Donwood's ghostly, Hansel and Gretel-esque illustrations peppering the prose, Holloway is undeniably a gorgeous package. Even though it takes less than half an hour to read, the subtle call to revel in the wonder of the natural world lasts much longer. (Ben East Observer)

An impressionistic piece of landscape writing, Holloway evokes the sense that time is densely layered in these secret lanes; many people have trodden here, and their ghosts are still apparent in the deep tree-shaded paths. (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)

The pleasures herein are almost intangible and they're certainly initially fleeting. Yet these pellucid tales of Dorset's deep-set lanes and their duvets of foliage will stay with you long into the summer dusk and may even encourage you to embark on your own investigation of England's ancient arteries. (Paul Connolly Metro)

A perfect miniature prose poem of a book, beautifully printed and published. (William Dalrymple Observer Books of the Year)

Glorious ... endearingly open-hearted. (Barnaby Rogerson Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year)

This beautifully produced book is part tribute to the late Roger Deakin, part trafelogue, and bearing in mind the Faber imprint, part poetic evocation of the 'Holloways' of south Dorset, infused with Macfarlane's sensitivity to nature and beautifully illustrated by Stanley Donwood. (Michael Conaghan Belfast Telegraph)

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A beautiful piece of nature writing, illustrated with spectacular etchings of woodland scenes by Stanley Donwood.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Vagabond on 23 May 2013
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An excellent book, if you're a MacFarlane fan - which I am. It is poetic and concise, but maybe a little too concise. I'd not read the reviews fully before I bought this, so I was expecting something more like his previous three books. However, this is only a small anthology of 40 pages, including drawings. Having said that, it was a very enjoyable read and I'm glad to add it to the shelves.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Euden on 10 Jan 2014
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This book is a gem, to be placed on your favourite bookshelf. By its nature, a gem should be difficult to extract, unaware of its presence by many but when noticed, it will brightly gleam from within its new and appropriately placed surroundings. It should be kept safe in its chosen spot but returned to countless times so as to induce reverie, to transport and absorb -Shown only to those who understand its value.
Personally, I have placed 'Holloway' in a favourite spot, hidden slightly in a lamplit corner, atop a thick timber bookshelf. A snug 'cwtch' (an appropriate Welshism) amongst the other works of its authors and related books: (Rogue Male) and the works of Macfarlane's departed friend (Mr R. Deakin to name but a few).
However, I felt it also needed to be alongside 'Poetics of Space' by Gaston Bachalard. They certainly inhabit a place under a similar sky and I think the relation between these two books mean they sit happily on the same shelf. The theory of Phenomenology is present throughout Holloway.
The decision not to directly identify each author for some parts of the written content only add to its sense of wondering and discovery. Only by actually locating, delving into and inhabiting a holloway will one truly grasp the similarity that the images created by its writing and artwork accurately reflect. Such is the nature of these ensorcelling spaces. The appeal of this book relates directly to subjective experience of both my childhood and adulthood, but the connotations of this book are universal. Whether it be through play and imagination born from innocent adventures as a child and in subsequent years spent walking, hiking and working in the outdoors. The resonance this book has with me is palpable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Seagull on 17 Jun 2013
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Just feel it should be pointed out that this is a book of only 22 pages (including drawings). It's as long as a newspaper essay or article. It's very good but at the price very expensive.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By johhny on 29 May 2013
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This slim book has a lovely feel to it and a great pleasure to own. The images are just wonderful and match the magical text.
I like the length - long enough to dip into and transport the reader to the mysteries of the Holloway - but not too big or heavy to overpower.
A real treat
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 23 May 2013
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Stanley Donwood's beautiful illustrations compliment Robert Macfarlane and Dan Richards' writing perfectly. A lovely book to hold and read through as we join their journey through this world they are sharing with us. This book is a piece of art work that I am glad to have in my collection, it is one of those books you put out on display because the visual aesthetic is as strong as the written work.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Nurser on 14 Jun 2013
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I'm a great fan of Robert Macfarlane, having read his more substantial books, and recognise he wanted a memorial to his close friend who had died. However, although the line drawings are in the best 'English mystical' tradition and complement the text well, the actual writing feels rather thin and overwrought. The writing isn't really rich enough to qualify as 'prose poetry'. Bit twee and a bit coffee table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Roberts on 6 April 2014
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How intriguing to have a book with no discernible beginning, middle or ending. A book that wanders, as the writers wandered and gives you a glorious sense of how much they enjoyed the journey! The book is also a very beautiful object and perfect for a gift or ornamenting any bookshelf.

S & L Roberts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Daykin on 11 Feb 2014
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Not to my recollection have a read / experienced a book created by three individuals, especially not so well conceived. The written elements by Macfarlane & Richards are exquisitely descriptive and take you on a journey through the holloways, the visuals by Donwood are also immersive turning this book from a read to an experience. A slender book that perches beautifully on the shelf, i feel that i will be picking it up again soon. it allows for a small inspirational getaway, which was just what i needed. Now i want to go write and draw from such experiences myself... a must.
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