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)
This beautiful book allows you to be part of this place ,only pity it's not twice as long , great readPublished 3 days ago by Martin Crosbie
A beautifully written book and enjoyable to a wide audience, not just lovers of nature. Lewis-Stempel manages so well to mix a great deal of knowledge on British wildlife with his... Read morePublished 6 days ago by David J Earnshaw
Beautiful evocative writing about places with which most of us have lost contact or sadly never known. Read morePublished 9 days ago by C. Cummings
Beautifully written. Informative but never dull, his writing immerses the reader in the landscape.Published 10 days ago by Messymare
A very good book, I enjoyed every single page. Received quickly and well packaged.Published 13 days ago by Jill
This is such a beautifully written book, interesting, knowledgeable, passionate - I could go on. The author's love for his land and the nature that thrives there shines through. Read morePublished 17 days ago by SallyG