Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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Extraordinary...Deep Country is so powerful --Nick Groom, Independent
His rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that CS Lewis would have envied --Jules Hudson, BBC Countryfile
A life that may redefine the word solitary yet is also crowded by the thrum of the natural world --Metro
For those of us enslaved by mortgages and consumerism or dull work...this book will resonate with its many epiphanies. --Caught by the River
A beautiful, translucent portrayal of mid-Wales --Jay Griffiths, author of Wild
For those of us enslaved by mortgages and consumerism or dull work...this book will resonate with its many epiphanies --Caught by the River
A beautiful, translucent portrayal of mid-Wales --Jay Griffiths, author of The Wild
A life that may redefine the word solitary yet is also crowded by the thrum of the natural world.
--Metro --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Hardcover.
About the Author
Neil Ansell spent five years living on a remote hillside in Wales, and wrote his first book, Deep Country, about the experience. Since that time, he has become an award-winning television journalist with the BBC. He has travelled in over fifty countries and has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Big Issue.
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Neil has a great affinity with nature and things which would phase other people were causes of delight. I am not sure how I would feel about sharing my home with twenty of thirty bats for example. Even Neil however baulked at the spring-invasions of mice - fortunately the pretty field mouse variety rather than the disease carrying house mouse. The mice reduced Neil to hanging food in carrier bags from ham hooks embedded in the ceiling. The only way Neil could reduce the population of mice was to trap them and carry them across a river where he released them. No doubt killing them would have had no effect other than to make space for others.
Neil found that his life settled down into natural rhythms. He even developed his own rituals, such as seeing in the New Year from the summit of his hill or walking overnight into the hills at the Summer Solstice so he could watch the dawn from a mountain top. Five years of solitude was broken up by visits from friends, but Neil became accustomed to his way of life and found that he welcomed the return to quietness when they departed.Read more ›
This magical and evocative book is a remarkable journey of a man who gradually becomes more and more at home with the woodland creatures and hardships of living alone with nature. Definitely essential reading!
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EXcellent account of a stay in the Styx. Biased slightly to his observation and devotion to birds but very much worth the reading.Published 2 months ago by spotty
Just finished this book and found it to be well written and highly readable in my opinion. A fairly honest account of living off grid in the Welsh hills for a number of years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Pritchard
I could not finish it. I expected Neil to write more about his house chores, buy instead it was a lot of about birds.The book will be great for birdwatchers.Published 3 months ago by Diana
A beautifully written recount which evokes the great beauty of Britain's unspoilt countryside. It leaves you wanting, and a little restless with a desire to move into a wilderness... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lynn Ellerby
Very interesting, but didn't know all the 'official' bird names.Published 4 months ago by I. J. Noice