Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies Hardcover – 14 Sep 2015
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
There is a newer edition of this item:
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Hugely ambitious, exhilaratingly written and handsomely produced. --Peter Parker, TLS - Books of the Year
The British people love talking about the weather. This book should be their bible. Harris' paean to the power and elusiveness of the climate is as sparkling and refreshing as an April shower ... Every page is a delight and beautifully illustrated throughout. --Times Higher Education
Gathers all the written English centuries and sets them dancing to the seasons on the head of its pin. --Ali Smith, TLS - Books of the Year
A fascinating portrait of that most British of preoccupations. --Independent Books of the Year
Harris's brilliantly eclectic Weatherland has made the colours of autumnal Britain even richer than usual. --Observer - Books of the Year
Wonderful ... delivers a deluge of detail that will change the way you think about weather forever. --The Sunday Times - Books of the Year
Splendid ... its glory is in the detail, in its recording of facts and lives, atmospheres and words, quirks of feeling and behaviour. --A. S. Byatt, The Guardian
Enchanting ... Beautifully illustrated and consistently fascinating, this is a book for all seasons, and one to return to year after year. --The Lady
Brilliant ... Although Weatherland is a challenging read, it is also absorbing and fascinating, while promising to broaden your horizons. --Sunday Express
Harris is an inspiring guide: genial and gossipy, scholarly and wry. Her Weatherland should be as essential a part of any walker's kit as a balaclava, sun hat and pac-a-mac. --Daily Mail
What holds the material together is Harris's fluent and unfaltering prose; she could be read for style alone. --Spectator
Wonderfully illustrated ... Harris treats her Jovean subject discursively, intelligently and with flair. Weatherland is an uplifting book, like a first spring breeze. --Observer
A brilliant, beautiful and sensual book (and it is a lovely object, with its rich paper and fine illustrations). --The Sunday Times
Harris offers literary scholarship at its life-enhancing best. --Independent
Harris ... is an excellent compiler of anecdote and evidence, and her range ... is impressive. --Financial Times
I cannot love Weatherland enough. Exquisitely illustrated, it has the wit and wonder of an exceptional literary work. --New Statesman
Harris brilliantly shows how the weather has seeped into our art like damp, winter fog. --RA Magazine
Rich, erudite and impressive. --Daily Telegraph
A gorgeous piece of writing. --Nature
Weatherland is so beautifully written that it transcends even its wealth of information. She is a poet scholar. --New Statesman
The examples Harris supplies in this well-researched and lucid book are pleasingly idiosyncratic ... A beautiful and wild place, governed only by the fleeting truths of individual experience. --Prospect
From the Inside Flap
The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. In a sweeping panorama, Weatherland allows us to witness cultural climates on the move. The Anglo-Saxons before the Norman Conquest lived in a wintry world, writing about the coldness of exile or the shelters they must defend against enemies outdoors. The Middle Ages brought the warmth of spring; the new lyrics were sung in praise of blossom and cuckoos. It is hard to find a description of a rainy night before 1700, but by the end of the eighteenth century the Romantics will take a squall as fit subject for their most probing thoughts. There have been times when the numbers on a rain gauge count for more than a pantheon of aerial gods. There have been times for meteoric marvels and times for gentle breeze. The weather is vast and yet we experience it intimately, which is why Alexandra Harris builds her remarkable story from small evocative details. There is the drawing of a twelfth-century man in February, warming bare toes by the fire. There is the tiny glass left behind from the Frost Fair of 1684, and the 'Sunspan' house in Angmering that embodies the bright ambitions of the 1930s. Harris catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals. 'Bloody cold', says Jonathan Swift in the 'slobbery' January of 1713. Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one. Weatherland is a celebration of English air and a life-story of those who have lived in it. As we enter what may be the last decades of English weather as we know it, this is a history for our times.See all Product description
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
The print is far to small and also greyish in colour.
I would not recommend this book if you don't intend to use a magnifying glass.
Alexandra Harris's enthusiasm for her subject is almost palpable and she begins her book with a wonderfully atmospheric introduction where she describes a visit she made one December to a sixteenth-century tower situated in the water meadows under the South Downs in East Sussex. Initially (before a storm leaves the meadows totally flooded) the weather is bright and the author spends most of her day rejoicing in the weather: "At Alciston white light comes shafting through the plain church windows as if the pale sun itself had turned protestant; at Alfriston in the afternoon the reed beds turn a tawny orange-grey, gently luminous behind hedges of dark ilex and yew." When reading sentences like these right at the outset of the book (and this is only a taster of the quality of writing to follow) the reader is immediately pulled in and as we travel through the pages of this book we meet: Romans in Britain trying to acclimatise themselves to the damp and cold of an English winter and of their mosaics depicting the seasons which can still be seen at Bignor Villa in Sussex and Chedworth Villa in Gloucestershire; we read of Anglo-Saxon poets; of Geoffrey Chaucer; William Shakespeare; Francis Bacon: John Milton; Gilbert White; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; William and Dorothy Wordsworth; John Constable; J.M.W Turner; Jane Austen; the Brontes; L.S Lowry; Virginia Woolf; David Hockney, and many others. So those who have an interest in art, literature and the natural world, should find much to inform and entertain from the first page to the last.
I found this scholarly and beautifully written book a very interesting, informative and enjoyable read and, with its thick cream pages and dozens of colour illustrations, it's a very attractively presented one too. I read it all the way through from start to finish in a couple of days - but it's a book that would work equally well kept close at hand on the bedside table to pick up and put down as the feeling takes you, and although it's only the end of September, it's also one you might want to add to your, or someone else's, Christmas list.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Early artists tended to ignore the weather (e.g.Read more
Look for similar items by category