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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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The book itself is an extension of some of Macfarlane's earlier work - where he travelled through the Holloways of southern England with the late Roger Deakin.
This means that although the book has some wonderful passages, it does not really cover any new ground.
The text itself is often self consciously clever (a bit of a marker for Macfarlane) and contains a number of annoying artifacts; sections of text that are sourced from elsewhere are simply inserted as italicized text, and rather than use "and" the text uses "&". This makes the text look strangely uneven and cluttered.
This is brief and detailed (if this is possible) journey through a small landscape, which at times feels just a little too much like a vanity project for an author who seems to take himself just a little too seriously.
I enjoyed the book, but I have a sneaky feeling it only saw the light of day because authors name and its links to the much admired Roger Deakin.
I would recommend this book, but I think it's important to understand the brief scale and scope of the material you are paying for.
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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