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Meadowland The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel
  

Meadowland The Private Life of an English Field

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Offers an account of an English meadow's life from January to December. This title records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, and rabbit warren, among others.

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Meadowland The Private Life of an English Field by John Lewis-Stempel

What really goes on in the long grass? Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow's life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren,the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others. Their births, lives, and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to last. In Meadowland Lewis-Stempel does for meadows what Roger Deakin did for woodland and rivers in his bestselling books Wildwood and Waterlog.

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This is a great book - a magnificent love letter to the natural world, full of wisdom and experience, written with wit, poetry and love. It is, in fact, one of the best five books I have ever had the privilege to read. I want to scream from the rooftops: buy it, give it, read it. -- Tim Smit Eden Project; Heligan

An intimate, month-by-month observation of the flora and fauna of an English meadow; its foxes, badgers, rabbits, skylarks, cowslips. It's written in exquisite prose. - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller

Having grown up in rural Hertfordshire, I'm immediately drawn to this wonderful account of the seasons and found many connections with the wildlife in London's eight Royal Parks. - Sara Lom, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks Foundation

About the Author

John Lewis-Stempel is a historian and author who has written on a variety of subjects from the Native Americans to his experiences of fatherhood, but who is predominantly known for his work as a military historian and nature lover. He lives in Herefordshire, where his family has lived for over 700 years, with his wife and children.

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Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

John Lewis-Stempel

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Publisher

Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Trees, wildflowers & plants
The countryside, country life

ISBN

9780857521453

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