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Holloway Paperback – 1 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571310664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571310661
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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Anyone who has grown increasingly impressed by Macfarlane's nature writing over the past decade will feel instantly at home in this slight collaboration with writer Dan Richards and illustrator Stanley Donwood ... With Donwood's ghostly, Hansel and Gretel-esque illustrations peppering the prose, Holloway is undeniably a gorgeous package. Even though it takes less than half an hour to read, the subtle call to revel in the wonder of the natural world lasts much longer. (Ben East Observer)

An impressionistic piece of landscape writing, Holloway evokes the sense that time is densely layered in these secret lanes; many people have trodden here, and their ghosts are still apparent in the deep tree-shaded paths. (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)

A perfect miniature prose poem of a book, beautifully printed and published. (William Dalrymple Observer Books of the Year)

The pleasures herein are almost intangible and they're certainly initially fleeting. Yet these pellucid tales of Dorset's deep-set lanes and their duvets of foliage will stay with you long into the summer dusk and may even encourage you to embark on your own investigation of England's ancient arteries. (Paul Connolly Metro)

Glorious ... endearingly open-hearted. (Barnaby Rogerson Sunday Telegraph Books of the Year)

This beautifully produced book is part tribute to the late Roger Deakin, part trafelogue, and bearing in mind the Faber imprint, part poetic evocation of the 'Holloways' of south Dorset, infused with Macfarlane's sensitivity to nature and beautifully illustrated by Stanley Donwood. (Michael Conaghan Belfast Telegraph)

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Holloway, by Robert Macfarlane and Dan Richards, is a eerily beautiful piece of nature writing, with Stanley Donwood's spectacular etchings of woodland scenes.

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An excellent book, if you're a MacFarlane fan - which I am. It is poetic and concise, but maybe a little too concise. I'd not read the reviews fully before I bought this, so I was expecting something more like his previous three books. However, this is only a small anthology of 40 pages, including drawings. Having said that, it was a very enjoyable read and I'm glad to add it to the shelves.
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This slim book has a lovely feel to it and a great pleasure to own. The images are just wonderful and match the magical text.
I like the length - long enough to dip into and transport the reader to the mysteries of the Holloway - but not too big or heavy to overpower.
A real treat
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Stanley Donwood's beautiful illustrations compliment Robert Macfarlane and Dan Richards' writing perfectly. A lovely book to hold and read through as we join their journey through this world they are sharing with us. This book is a piece of art work that I am glad to have in my collection, it is one of those books you put out on display because the visual aesthetic is as strong as the written work.
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Just feel it should be pointed out that this is a book of only 22 pages (including drawings). It's as long as a newspaper essay or article. It's very good but at the price very expensive.
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As a fan of both Robert Macfarlane’s writing and Stanley Donwood’s work with Radiohead, I was delighted to discover this beautiful book.
The ghost of Roger Deakin haunts the holloway where the three author’s hole up in search of Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male ― a book I read a long time ago and still hold very dear.
Several stories interlock in ‘Holloway’ like the twigs of Stanley’s vortex tree drawings and the maze of sunken lanes themselves to create an atmosphere of quiet reflection and dreamlike calm; where there is repetition or retracing, the layers of meaning and mystery mount but never smother ― rather the different stories pool and meld and mist.
As ever, Macfarlane’s descriptions of landscape is beautifully evocative and detailed and I was very taken with the contribution of Dan Richards, a new name to me but a very apt and poetic writer; his description of falling asleep inside Roger Deakin’s sleeping bag ― left after his passing, one assumes, to his friend Robert ― was very moving; delicate and tender sad.
Holloway reaches and roves beyond it’s slight form, exploring the place of landscape and themes of loss in the hearts of those who’ve walked and slept in their midst.
I recommend this book unreservedly.
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I have a confession that this review is somewhat bias. Robert MacFarlanes books have in turn, thrilled, inspired and grounded me, and a copy of 'The Wild Places' has lived by my bedside for many years.
When I learnt that a new book was to be released which would include artwork by Stanley Donwood and was also to be a collaboration with Dan Richards I was intrigued, and slightly worried that the power of Roberts words would be somehow diluted.
I was not disappointed, the collaboration only serves to enrich the final result. Stanley Donwoods drawings give me the same eerie feeling they always have, and I enjoyed the distinction of the two writers voiced as they chimed, and became woven with one another.

What I hold in my hands is a search by three men for 'something'.
Each with their own reasons they had set off on a journey and as a reader I felt privileged to be included. As I read through ,the destination was unimportant for me. Which is at it seems for the three; the journey and the steps and thoughts taken being the objective.
I delighted in its use of language and the descriptions that made me yearn to be back outside in the late arrival of a British springtime. For this book not only tells the reader a tale of no ending but serves a reminder for times gone by, memories of afternoons spent perusing hedgerows, birds observed navigating the sky and a satisfying relinquishment of such trifles as a destination.
As it states within the first few pages...

"This book is about Holloways and its shaes, & a clear map of the Holloways findings is not included within it"

Im pleased I bought it and one day I shall enjoy reading it to my children to fire their imagination.
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I'm a great fan of Robert Macfarlane, having read his more substantial books, and recognise he wanted a memorial to his close friend who had died. However, although the line drawings are in the best 'English mystical' tradition and complement the text well, the actual writing feels rather thin and overwrought. The writing isn't really rich enough to qualify as 'prose poetry'. Bit twee and a bit coffee table.
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Don't know why this got published at all. It includes Macfarlane's notes and jottings that went into other work, one b&w illustration that's repeated in different sizes through the book, and self indulgent nonsense from his companions. Forget this one and get Macfarlane's other books which are worth the money.
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