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.
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.
'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
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||4th September 2014|
|Genres:||History, The Real World,|
|Categories:||The Earth: natural history general,|
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.More About Nick Groom