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Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons

por Melissa Harrison (Editor)

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It is a time of abundance. As the days lengthen and grow warmer, the richness of light, sound and colour will be captured in Summer through diverse pieces of nature writing, describing the lifecycles of flora and fauna, startling moments of transition, seasonal change in cities and gardens, wildlife experiences that epitomise a point in the year, or the shifting patterns of country life through a collection of pieces, old and new, threaded together to mirror the unfolding of the season.; Including original writing from Simon Barnes, Michael McCarthy and Esther Woolfson, extracts from classic works of great naturalists and literature that reflects the changing seasons, the Seasons series also features pieces from unknown writers that capture the experiences of wildlife throughout the UK, offering a rich diversity of perspectives.… (más)

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My memories of summer are of long hot days spent on the beach with frequent dips into the sparkling sea to cool off, lying reading on the grass warmed by the sun and swatting wasps away from picnics. This is the UK though, and sometimes it rains… Summer is the time of intensity, the acid green freshness of spring fades as the long warm days bring the flowers and insects out in the race to reproduce. As the season pivots on the solstice, the days begin to shorten even though the sun is still building in intensity for some of the hottest days in the year.

Harrison has once again brought together a varied collection of essays, poetry and articles about summer. She has drawn from a number of classic texts of literature like Cider with Rosie and The Natural History of Selbourne by Gilbert White and Hardy that manage to evoke a summer of a past age. On top of these classic authors there are a number of essays from well-known writers such as Paul Evans and Mark Cocker, but where Harrison excels is finding exciting new writers, like Jo Cartmell and Emma Oldham, who are adding greatly to the breadth of nature writing that we now have in this country. As with all Elliot and Thompson books, the cover is stunning and it has delightful little sketches scattered throughout the book. Essential reading for any nature lover and a book to be dipped into each time summer rolls around again. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Perhaps it is due to the British Summer being a bit of a wet weekend that I didn't really get a feel of Summer shining out of the pages, like I did with Spring. There are some excellent passages in this collection and I was pleased to see Timothy the tortoise getting a mention, courtesy of the Reverend Gilbert White's The Naturalist's Journal from 1776.

I love how the classics mingle with modern day writings in this collection; you quickly switch from reading classics like Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee to modern day writings of stars, butterflies and bees. Each passage reminds us of lazy summer days with beautiful butterflies flitting between flowers and drunken bees weighed down with pollen. Perhaps bees really were the origin of fairies, for what is more magical than seeing these little furry creatures buzzing around our garden? It is almost unbelievable to think that one day bees might become extinct, then fairies really will be a thing of myth and legend.

Published in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts, the sale of each anthology helps to raise funds for trusts throughout the UK. The amazing cover of Summer perfectly captures the essence of the season and no stone is left unturned as each passage describes this most longed for season.

I received this book from the publisher, Elliott & Thompson in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
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It is a time of abundance. As the days lengthen and grow warmer, the richness of light, sound and colour will be captured in Summer through diverse pieces of nature writing, describing the lifecycles of flora and fauna, startling moments of transition, seasonal change in cities and gardens, wildlife experiences that epitomise a point in the year, or the shifting patterns of country life through a collection of pieces, old and new, threaded together to mirror the unfolding of the season.; Including original writing from Simon Barnes, Michael McCarthy and Esther Woolfson, extracts from classic works of great naturalists and literature that reflects the changing seasons, the Seasons series also features pieces from unknown writers that capture the experiences of wildlife throughout the UK, offering a rich diversity of perspectives.

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