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Holloway Paperback – 1 May 2014
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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)
Holloway, by Robert Macfarlane and Dan Richards, is a eerily beautiful piece of nature writing, with Stanley Donwood's spectacular etchings of woodland scenes.See all Product description
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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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very short little book, but of great interest to anyone who has read and loved Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Plummer
This book is a delight, and made a pleasing offering for which it was bought. However, I did skim it , and so will recommend it - and the illustrations - highly.Published 14 months ago by Claudia Fournier
Redolent of those hidden paths that most buyers will have encountered and loved but pretty self-indulgent: configuring their own (minor) exploration seems to be enough in the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Hawkins
There are some beautiful lines in this, but precious little about the holloway of the title. Richards defines this hidden walkway by describing everything but, and frustratingly... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A. Reader
Having read and loved Roger Deakin I looked forward to this. What a disappointment, 48 pages - 23 either blank or with nothing on, 12 pages of writing, and what pretentious rubbish... Read morePublished 16 months ago by jeanlouishaha
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