Tuesday 1 January 2013

A midwinter hand-list

The Leaping Hare

Its the time of year when my pile of 'on the go' and 'to read' books reaches a critical mass, boosted by Christmas presents; a tipping point from which I will not be able to catch-up, but will enjoy trying.

Currently sustaining me through the winter months are:

J.A. Baker's The Peregrine; a hawk-eyed and visceral account of bird, man and landscape.
Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
Richard Mabey's Nature Cure muses far and wide in chronicling his personal resurrection from depression through a reconnection with the natural world.
Pandaemonium By: Humphrey Jennings
Humphrey Jennings Pandaemonium 1660-1886: The coming of the machine as seen by contemporary observers is an eccentric miscellany of reportage and opinion on the seismic shift caused by Britain's Industrial Revolution; and part inspiration for London's Olympic Opening Ceremony.

And for dipping into on a stormy night, The Oxford Book of  English Ghost Stories (Michael Cox and R.A. Gilbert, Eds.).

I'm also particularly looking forward to:

After London - Richard Jefferies 

Dark Mountain Issue 3 - Various

Headwaters: Walking to British river sources - Phil Clayton

Land of Lost Content: The Luddite revolt, 1812 - Robert Reid 

The Art of Wandering: The writer as walker - Merlin Coverley

The Daylight Gate - Jeanette Winterson

The English Lakes: A history - Ian Thompson

The Great God Pan - Arthur Machen

The Leaping Hare - George Ewart Evans and David Thomson

The Living Mountain - Nan Shepherd
Who I Am - Pete Townsend

Why Willows Weep: Contemporary tales from the woods -

Wolf Solent - John Cowper Powys
 And with no plans to re-boot to a Kindle, the house will continue to be populated with erratic-like piles of books awaiting discovery.


  1. A fine list, which should keep you going for a while. Interestingly, apropos the kindle issue, my current read is 'Paper: An Elegy' by Ian Sansom. It has strengthened my resolve not to resort to the e-versions, but to prefer the tactile pleasures of real books.

    Looking forward to more of your interesting posts this year.

    Happy new year


  2. Thanks Ian and happy new year to you. To me ebook v real book is no contest. Books will live on, as has radio, as has vinyl, as has walking...

  3. Yes indeed a fine list, Richard Jeffries 'After London or Wild England' is a particularly good read, could not put it down. There is also 'Bevis (The Story of a Boy') with illustrations by E.H. Shephard, which I doubt you would find in an ebook.

    Happy New Year as well


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