Book Review: A Prickly Affair and Hedgehog by Hugh Warwick
Having never seen a hedgehog in the wild before I now feel I have thanks to these enchanting books by Hugh Warwick. They really capture the hedgehog’s cute characteristics as well as highlighting some of the problems they face. As well as this I found it particularly interesting to learn about the hedgehog’s history and why they have become such a key animal in Britain.
This book is a real treat for art lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike; the wide array of subjects and styles makes reading through this portfolio of British talent and scientific records quite the learning experience!
Louise Gray tells a remarkable story of her goal to only eat animals she had killed herself, in order to experience first-hand where our meat comes from. As someone who is attempting to eat more ethically I was instantly intrigued!
Book Review: Autumn – an anthology for the seasons
When the package containing this book landed on my doorstep, it was a timely arrival, and was destined to be my “holiday” reading on a ringing trip to Arctic Norway. As with previous editions of this seasonal series, Melissa Harrison has created a perfect match of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, modern and historic writing.
This book is beautifully summed up by the subtitle, ‘A Year in the Lives of Twelve British Birds’. In twelve chapters beginning with January and finishing with December, Nightingales in November by Mike Dilger follows the dramatic stories of a cohort of well-loved resident and visiting British birds, the Bewick’s Swan, Peregrine, Lapwing, Puffin, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Swallow, Robin, Nightingale, Waxwing and Blue tit.
Before I started reading this book, I honestly didn’t know quite what to expect from it. Having seen many TV programmes that Chris has presented, I didn’t expect an overly fluffy, soft book about tales of cute wildlife, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be as gritty, as brutally honest, yet beautifully poetic.
Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison comes across as much more expansive than just its 104 pages. Set out as a tetralogy; each section describes the author’s experience of walking in a different area of England in a different season, with the common theme being wet weather.
Book Review – Summer: An anthology for the seasons
“Summer: An anthology for the seasons”, edited by Melissa Harrison is a book which captures the wonders of summer through not only the magic of poetry, but also through the stories of those who are its greatest admirers.