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The Seasons A Celebration of the English Year by Nick Groom

The Seasons A Celebration of the English Year

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I write this as newly released report cites loneliness as one of the big problems besetting the population of our country, with this modern isolation we’ve also lost connection with the land and tradition and we need someone like Nick Groom to remind us of the richness of our tradition, the folklore and the country lore that used to be so important to us. This rich plum-pudding of a book shows us the history behind the traditions we still honour and those we have rightly (or wrongly) lost. We can’t go back and recapture what’s gone but we can learn – with the aid of The Seasons - and adapt and treasure the customs and history that makes us who we are.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The importance of the passing of the seasons has been celebrated for thousands of years as part of our heritage, but it might sadly be under threat. What will our world be like without the first spring call of the cuckoo, or the harvest delights that autumn brings? Offering ‘a rallying cry for national renewal…part history, part almanac and part polemic’, in his erudite defence of the seasons and all their affiliated folklore, Groom’s book celebrates all the riches our seasons have to offer and serves as a timely reminder of everything that we have to cherish.
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The Seasons A Celebration of the English Year by Nick Groom

For millennia, the passing seasons and their rhythms have marked our progress through the year. But what do they mean to us now that we lead increasingly atomised and urban lives and our weather becomes ever more unpredictable or extreme? In this splendidly rich and lyrical celebration of the English seasons, Nick Groom investigates the trove of strange folklore and often stranger fact they have accumulated over the centuries and shows how tradition and our links with nature still have a vital role to play in all our lives.


'Groom's enthusiasm is hard to resist, and his garnering of folklore and customs that, for centuries, guided life through the changing seasons bulges with fascination.' --John Carey, Sunday Times

'Wonderful and timely' --Philip Hoare, Independent

'It's no exaggeration to say that this is a volume I have been waiting for all my life... I love Nick Groom's passionate plea for us to be aware of traditional connections between human lives, the seasons and the natural world. He provides a cornucopia of knowledge, and an inspirational call to awareness... This is a rich celebration of traditions and a plea for them not to be forgotten.' --Bel Mooney, Daily Mail

'A heartfelt exploration of the connections between the seasons and England's traditions and folklore brims with fascinating revelations.' --Readers Digest

About the Author

Nick Groom is an academic and writer. He is Professor in English at the University of Exeter and has written widely on literature, music, and contemporary art. He is the author of a dozen books and editions, including The Forger's Shadow (2002), The Union Jack (2006), and, most recently, The Gothic (2012). He lives on Dartmoor with his wife, two daughters, and one cat, and keeps a flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep. When he is not writing, he can be found playing the hurdy-gurdy in local pubs.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th September 2014


Nick Groom

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Atlantic Books


400 pages


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