Fascinating ... Books have been written about entire countries that contain a less interesting cast of characters than Lewis-Stempel's account of one field on the edge of Wales. Foxes, red kites and voles become as intricately shaded as characters in an HBO drama, the readers' sympathies swinging between them and their adversaries. Not every English meadow contains such a vast variety of wildlife as Lewis-Stempel's, and he's lucky to live somewhere so unspoilt, but his immense, patient powers of observation – along with a flair for the anthropomorphic – mean he is able to offer a portrait of animal life that's rare in its colour and drama.
Lewis-Stempel's eye for detail and the poetic imagery of sentences such as "Behind me the river shouts with the abandon of a football crowd" or "Someone has stirred the clouds into milk pudding" are reminiscent of the late, brilliant Roger Deakin...
There is barely a creature in Meadowland that I didn't learn at least one interesting new fact about (the occasional tendency of badgers to hold funerals for one another is a particular favourite)." (Tom Cox Observer)
A delight. This is an exquistely written piece describing a year in the life of a meadow on his farm. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bruce D
Was I the only one who disliked this book? Poor dear, Is she the only one to have a loved father who has died? I was feed up with hearing
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A delightful book bringing back memories of an area I new so well as a childPublished 10 days ago by Mike Sheppard
Must be near Hay on Wye. Lots of interesting facts and observations. Ignore negative reviews and enjoy this year long view of a meadow and its flora and fauna.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great read so far. Excellent price and great service rapid delivery too and an e mail to hope I enjoyed my purchase . Top marksPublished 12 days ago by A. D. Print
This is the most wonderful lyrical writing with a strong base in historical fact an a real understanding of the day to day necessities of farming. Very enjoyable and easy reading.Published 13 days ago by Jm Roberts
I quite enjoyed this book, learnt quite a bit, and generally found it an entertaining read. There is no doubt that he has a huge amount of knowledge but I found it to be lacking... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Careful Shopper