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One of Britain's foremost nature writers takes us on a journey through Britain's hidden wilderness


‘A profoundly satisfying read’ Financial Times

In Field Notes from the Edge, the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary', Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possible.

Here, Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; part sacred space, part wasteland. It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beauty.

Combining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical, Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans's place among our leading nature writers today.

Reviews

Field Notes from the Edge's magic lies partly in the sheer quality of the prose, partly in Evans’ ability to loop together disparate threads[...] a profoundly satisfying read.

Melissa Harrison, Financial Times

A wonderfully original book…Evans has a superb eye, a fine ear for all kinds of speech, a love of droll reality and a lyrical sense of all life...a joy.

Richard Kerridge, author of Cold Blood

The best account I know of how it goes with our wilds...[a] deeply loveable book

Tim Dee, author of Four Fields

This lyrical prose makes the reader itch to get out into nature...Ultimately, Evans draws on the past to confront our present and ask what kind of future might be possible

Independent

Paul Evans’s important new book is the first indisputable classic of twenty-first-century nature writing…A masterpiece

Jim Perrin, author of West

Beautifully observed field notes from a fine writer

BBC Countryfile Magazine

A strange, wonderful, maudlin, meditative and romantic book. A book of great sensorial qualities, deeply stratified...I urge it upon you.

Neil Sentance, Caught by the River

Paul Evans [is] a rare original...with his mastery of otherwise unseen moments of life on earth

Maggie Gee, author of My Animal Life

Stunning, thoughtful and closely observed…the sort of writing that compels you to go outdoors and re-experience the world

Gerard Woodward, author of Iâ??ll Go to Bed at Noon

Evans seeks an intimacy in his language....We have been in the company of a master

Resurgence and Ecologist magazine

First rate

Country Walking

Great sadness, interest and beauty...a very worthwhile read

The Lady

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    9781846044571

    April 15, 2017

    Rider

    272 pages

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    9781473502116

    June 4, 2015

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    272 pages

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