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Holloway Hardcover – 16 May 2013
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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)
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)
A perfect miniature prose poem of a book, beautifully printed and published. (William Dalrymple Observer Books of the Year)
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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This Robert McFarlane collaboration is an expansion of one of the chapters from his earlier excellent book "Wild Places".
However here there are the page size drawings, one of which is shown on the cover (and which are available to purchase by further internet research). Then there's the reference to Geoffrey Household's pre war novel "Rogue Male" (another little holloway to scuttle down). Finally, there is the inclusion of the late Roger Deakin in the narrative ( another source of quality books about the natural world).
To sum up, it reminds me of the Robert Frost poem about the paths in a wood.
Although "Holloway" isn't the thickest of books and can be digested within the hour, what it brings to the table could fill and enrich many many more hours.
Describing the search for the hidden lane or Holloway, which featured so importantly in that great old thriller.
"Holloway" is a beautifully produced book, full of wonderful illustrations.
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