- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Collins; First Edition/First Printing edition (26 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007415540
- ISBN-13: 978-0007415540
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.4 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nightwalk: A journey to the heart of nature Hardcover – 26 Apr 2012
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Praise for Chris Yates:
Independent on Sunday
‘There can be few who have explained so elegantly both the zen-like trance of the serious fisherman and the all-too-active comedy of preparation, expedition and return’
‘Chris Yates is a god’
Condé Nast Traveller
‘A wonderfully elegiac book’
‘lyrical and haunting…Yates’ narrative is presented as an account of a midsummer countryside walk…Its beauty lies in its tenderness about the world and the author’s personal responses to what he hears, feels and smells…It stayed with me a long time after I finished.’ Rachel Joyce, The Times
‘This book is the result of following a whim to its natural conclusion. It’s about time and losing track of it. Chris Yates doesn’t really want his wanderings to end, and neither will you. It’s a wonderful book, and I’m happy to recommend it without qualification.’ Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail
‘there is no doubt about the elegance and precision of Yates’ language, or his ability to conjure up an atmosphere… perhaps this is the real beauty of Nightwalk, and the true value of Yates’ gift as a writer: that it gives back the night to us, offers up a sense of freedom in the place of anxiety, reminds us of the silence in the midst of its bustling life, and soothes our atavistic fear of the dark while never quite permitting us to be complacent.’ EarthLines
‘Chris’s existing and extensive fan-base, the anglers, will find a freedom in Nightwalk…I believe this is [his] finest work to date…What is certain, though, is that Nightwalk will delight for many, many years to come.’ Kevin Parr, Caught By the River
About the Author
Chris Yates is an angler, photographer, tea connoisseur and prolific writer with contributions to the Idler magazine and former Editor of Waterlog magazine. He is a celebrated British fisherman and author of How To Fish, which has variously been described as containing 'more good sense than all those effete-aesthete fishing narratives put together' (Condé Nast Traveller) and as 'a gem of a book' (The Field). He is also known for his other books – Falling in Again, The Secret Carp, The Deepening Pool, Casting at the Sun, River Diary and Four Seasons – and the BBC2 series A Passion for Angling.
Top Customer Reviews
The book takes us from dusk to dawn on a single night (and even if the events in the book are drawn from more the one night this is irrelevant) of walking on the wooded Downlands of southern England.
While there are no really remarkable wildlife encounters, there is more than enough variety to keep all but the most thrill seekers happy. (The only possible exception involves Nightjars on a different night).
What is best about this book is that the whole thing is based in a local landscape - and I suspect that this is one of the key ideas behind the book. We all live in some form of landscape and we can look all we like, but at times it pays to look in a different way - in a different light maybe! And when we do, we find things that we missed in the past. This may be "The Heart of Nature" that the books sub-title suggests - a closer observation of a thing that we take for granted.
Without question this is one of best-produced books I have bought in a very long while - from the nature of the paper to the illustrations the book suggests that it is a labor of love.
One of the other aspects of the book that enjoy is that it is written by a person whose main time in the countryside does not revolve around bird watching or conservation. Yates is first and foremost a fisherman, and I think it's refreshing to read a book written from the viewpoint of somebody who uses the rural environment in this way.Read more ›
A Journey To The Heart Of Nature'. He is a creature of the night
like myself and is finely tuned to the nuances of things that
move and grow during the hours of darkness. His narrative follows in the
the footsteps of many great English writers who have found inspiration
in the magical world which continues to exist beyond our sleeping
eyelids. (It got me thinking about Benjamin Britten's song cycle
'Nocturne', which, with its seven settings of poems by Shelley,
Coleridge, Wordsworth and others, brings the countryside to life
in our mind's ear). The world beyond Mr Yates' garden gate is teeming
with the sound and movement of a thousand living things and he
clearly takes great joy in describing them for us. The book is as
much an invitation to us to experiment for ourselves as it is a
celebration of a landscape whose fragile being is continually under
threat from the insensitivity of modern man's technological impact
on delicately balanced ecosystems. In its own way 'Nightwalk' is
both beautifully simple and simply beautiful. A nocturnal treasure chest.
Dan Smiths decorative illustrations are suitably ethereal.
His beautifully lyrical writing style is maintained with accounts of nocturnal encounters with the natural world. From an account of his first attempts to watch badgers at twilight as a child, to modern day moonlit strolls Chris maintains a high standard of informative, readable writing.
There are reflections on the changing patterns of the natural world - the disappearance of nightingales - and of the unchanging - the elusive nature of fallow deer and the strange stalking behaviour of the possibly more dangerous roe deer.
In this book Chris Yates shows that nature in all its forms has been a lifelong passion of his and that he is by no means a one trick pony, fixated only on fish. A lovely read for summer (and winter) evenings.
It seems very simply written but the quality of the descriptions shows that the author has a real talent and it has made me incredibly eager to ape the author and take a night walk of my own. It is a short book and in some ways I would have liked it to be longer but the flow of the book is amazing and an excess of description would have destroyed this. If you have any love for nature I'm sure you will enjoy this book and the presentation of and in the book would make it an ideal gift for someone who enjoys countryside walking.
There are only 212 pages here, and a generous text size, large margins, beautifully illustrated frontispieces to each short chapter, means that there is even less text here than you might expect. However, in a classic demonstration of 'less is more', I felt that the impact of Yates' spare, clear-eyed vision had a richness and depth of a true meditation, scattered with grace notes throughout. Whether it be the ghost badger in 'Watching & Waiting', a glow worm "like a fallen star" in 'The Unknown', layers of mist cloaking the trees, backlit by a 'gibous moon' or the evocative 'Half-Heard Bird', Yates guides you unerringly through the mystery and magic of this midsummer night's walk.
The quality of his writing means you are with him every step of the way, so that you share his unease, his surprise, and his delight on each new apparition or encounter, with some mysteries remaining satisfyingly unresolved. The penultimate chapter, 'Summer Alchemy' has a recipe for elderflower cordial, "the most heavenly quaff", and this reader was so transfixed with the power of Yates lyrical magic, that they resolved to attempt a similar adventure, if only they could prove disciplined enough to resist the siren song of bed...
Collins layout design and production values mean this book has a classy appearance and feel throughout, and sits lightly and readily in the hand.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fabulous book. So relaxing just to read. Inspires you to get out there and listen to nature.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a fan of Chris Yates' fishing books I thought I'd try this one about his night time walk amongst nature. Probably my favourite of his books, a really magical and enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by Pete H
Quite enjoyed this. Chris Yates is an interesting author and well worth collectingPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
He writes with the passion and love of the country side, has is love for FishingPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Chris Yates writing in the style of "BB".Enjoyable and worth a punt but I think "BB" did this sought of thing better.Published 13 months ago by cerdic