- When you trade in £15 or more you’ll receive an additional £5 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for the next time you spend £10 or more.
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)
I discovered this truly wonderful book by accident while looking for something else entirely ! My grandmother ,lived next door to such a meadow ,and I got to play in the drying hay... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christine M
I once had a redstart in my garden. It was years ago but I still mention it whenever possible (within reason) as it was a source of pride and pleasure. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rotgut
A lovely relaxing read, very beautiful prose and makes you feel in touch with the English countryside
Charming. Read more
Wonderful blend of natural history and personal experience. John Lewis-Stempel is a compelling author.Published 12 days ago by Susan J. Webber
A wonderful book following the life of a meadow. Absorbing from the snow and frost to the sun and hay making. A snapshot of England.Published 17 days ago by Farmannie
Best read in ages and i`m only half through it. Lovely style and way of writing - full of great nature facts!Published 18 days ago by Robert Tyler
Hmm… this is not the greatest natural history writing I have come across.
There are two reasons. Read more