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Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh &hellip by Nick Hunt
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is an entertaining book, but also a serious read.I really appreciated this opportunity to learn more about the changes that have taken place in the centre of our continent. Nick Hunt walked through the same landscape as Patrick Leigh Fermor in a culture utterly changed by the Second World War, the holocausts and ethnic cleansing, the grim totalitarianism of Communism and the kleptocracy of the market economy. The small farms have been drawn into collectives; the great houses are now ruined or converted into mental hospitals. The Danube has been dammed at the Iron Gates and elsewhere so that ancient sites Paddy explored are now deep underwater. There is a grim sense of tragedy, of… Read more
Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path o&hellip by William E. Tydeman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book, 30 Nov 2013
In these interviews Lopez talks with his friend William Tydeman about his practice as a nature writer, to questions of justice and authenticity in writing, to the tensions between fiction and nonfiction, writing and activism, working alone and collaborating. I often find interviews with writers a bit superficial, but in these conversations Lopez is given lots of space to expand on his perspective and get into the challenges in some depth.

This is a book for anyone concerned about creative responses to living, and in particular to living in these times of injustice and environmental crisis
Otter Country: In Search of the Wild Otter by Miriam Darlington
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply rewarding, 10 Dec 2012
There is much to love about this beautiful book: the way it shows the writer's personal quest, the quality of the research, the elegant writing, the sheer sense of engagement with these elusive animals that the reader is drawn into. I deeply appreciated the accounts of those rare encounters with the otters--peeping through the windows of a motor caravan, standing in waders in a bog, in freezing winter next to a lake in Wales. "Whenever we encounter extraordinary wild creatures, it takes a few moments to adjust. Our senses register a strangeness for a split second. The we might feel shock, as a prickle of recognition goes through our body." And even when the writer doesn't actually take us… Read more

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