Two reviews today as I’m still trying to catch up on posts. The reading is more or less on track, but the writing isn’t! There’s a link of sorts between these books, since they are both about about the environment, with reflections about man’s place within it, and both authors are intelligent, articulate, passionate about their subject, and excellent writers.
First up, The Morville Year, by Katherine Swift. Her earlier book, ‘The Morville Hours’, which charts her creation of a garden in the grounds of the Dower House, at Morville, in Shropshire, is a superb mix of gardening know-how, history and folk-lore, with a rich appreciation of the natural world and the passing of the seasons. ‘The Morville Year’, which is every bit as good, is a selection of the weekly articles she wrote for the Saturday edition of The Times between 2001 and 2005. She writes about the weather, her work in the garden, taking up bee-keeping, buying a motorbike, local places events – and, most of all, the plants themselves.
iIt’s wildness that attracts Robert MacFarlane. InThe Wild Places he takes his interest to what many of us would consider to be extreme levels, for he searches out the most inaccesible places it the British Isles, so remote that the land remains untouched by human activity. Each site he visits has a different landscape – his journeys take in an island, a hidden valley, a moor, a mountain summit, a forest, and an ancient holloway.
Full reviewsat http://chriscross-thebooktrunk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/gardens-and-wild-places.html