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  • Published: 6 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473552920
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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Greenery




A masterpiece of nature writing from the author of The Running Sky

A masterpiece of nature writing from the author of The Running Sky

One December in midsummer South Africa, Tim Dee watched swallows, and those birds set him off on a journey.
Greenery follows these swallows and other favoured birds out of their wintering corners towards the spring, through their staging places in Chad and Ethiopia, across the colossal and incomprehensible Sahara, and on into Europe. It also keeps company with some people for whom spring has been the determining season. We hear from a Sámi reindeer herder, an Egyptian taxi-driver, a chronobiologist in arctic Norway. We read of the spring-seeking D. H. Lawrence and of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Migrant storks join the swallows and venture the Straits of Gibraltar. Migrant honey buzzards dodge Sicilian hunters and the lava wastes of Mount Etna. A wait in a hide for a bear that does not come allows a vision of how nature goes when we are not there to crowd it out. In this beautiful diary of spring’s arrival there are boars, camels, elephants, ostriches… Our fascinating trail ends where the greenery of the European spring ends, with the swallows' arrival on the shores of the Arctic Ocean in northern Scandinavia.

  • Pub date: 6 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473552920
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
Categories:

About the Author

Tim Dee

Tim Dee is a BBC radio producer making upwards of thirty programmes a year. His first book, The Running Sky, was published by Cape in 2009 and described his first five birdwatching decades. His latest book, Four Fields, described more deeply his ideas of the pastoral. He collaborated with the poet Simon Armitage on the anthology The Poetry of Birds.

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