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Harvest Home: Music for All Se
Harvest Home: Music for All Se
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Price: £16.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 April 2016
Wonderful stuff - really evocative music that captures perfectly the essence of my favourite time of year.


Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness
Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter Alone in the Wilderness
by Pete Fromm
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 25 Feb. 2014
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I didn't know what to expect when I opened this book, but any possible negativity was blown away in the first few minutes. Fromm's background is in fiction, a skill he uses to great effect to make his non-fiction flow like the waters often referenced within the book. I was sucked in by his sparkling prose and devoured this in less than two days. Mr. Fromm, I applaud you!


Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
by Sylvain Tesson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A pretentious waste of my time, 25 Feb. 2014
Having become really hooked into the whole Natural History/Nature writing thing, I was really looking forward to reading this book when I ordered it. How wrong I was. In a nutshell the writer spends page after page waffling on about how much vodka he drinks and little else. A potentially great topic has been butchered by an inept attempt to intellectualise what really needed little in the way of embellishment. Instead of letting the place tell its own story, Tesson tries to force it, and it shows. This is one of only three or four books I have given up on halfway through. Avoid this like the plague and spend your time reading any of the last below:

- For the 'man in the wilderness' experience, read either Pete Fromm's 'Indian Creek Chronicles' or Philip Connors'
'Fire Season', both of which are superb.

- For books that explore man's place in relation to the natural world read anything by Roger Deakin or Robert
Macfarlane, both very good also.

Any of the above will do the job but please, I beg you, steer clear of Tesson's dismal effort!


Tilt (Cape Poetry)
Tilt (Cape Poetry)
by Jean Sprackland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.76

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where has the music gone?, 8 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Tilt (Cape Poetry) (Paperback)
I bought this collection on the strength of having owned, read and enjoyed Sprackland's previous collection, Hard Water. The poems in that collection really struck a chord in the fact that they were precise, musical in a way that is very subtle, and filled to the point of bursting with poetic tension. Each image was cleanly cut and crystalline, every poem feeling as though it had something significant to say.

In Tilt however, Sprackland seems to have lost all that is good about her work. The sparing, sparkling music is gone, replaced by plain, dull and overly simplistic descriptions; the tension has been swapped for a straining to make something innocuous sound significant. This, I'm afraid, is a pale shadow of Sprackland's former work.


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