Tag Archive for Non-Fiction

Not only a ‘Shepherd’s Life’

James Rebanks’ ‘The Shepherd’s Life’ is much more than a conventional biography, challenging us to rethink our attitudes to the landWe spend a lower percentage of our incomes on food than ever but what we eat dominates the media, whether it be this year’s winner of The Great British Bake Off,  Tesco’s latest marketing rip…

A little dribble from Bryson

Cover of The Road to Little Dribbling

Bill Bryson’s latest round Britain book verges on the formulaic, but it has some pointed observationsBill Bryson has written some enjoyable books: Mother Tongue is an informed, witty introduction to the English language; Notes from a Small Island, some twenty years ago, was an amusing (if formulaic) homage to his adopted country of Britain. And he has…

Nature Obsessions…

A review of Otter Country by Miriam Darlington and Hare by Jim CrumleyMy fondness for nature writing does not abate. I put it down in part to the horrors of suburban existence – commuting, work, a feeling of disconnectedness with the land – and I’m certainly not alone: today’s nature writers are amongst the biggest…

Walking the Chilterns

Twenty minute blogging project – day four A Sunday evening of stillness and wood pigeons cooing, magpies skirting low over fields, raking the freshly turned soil. Flutters of sparrows, easily startled, gorge on seeds, while crickets chirp. Flies drone and the hedgerows speak of the coming autumn: ripening sloes, chestnuts swelling and the first turnings…

The Wild Places

20 minute blog post – day 2I’m feeling out of sorts this holiday. For the first time in five years, I have not made a summer visit to Tiree and lived the removed tranquility of a remote island: the joy of waking to – at least when the weather is favourable – views over to…

A memoir not to be forgotten

The Times proclaimed it ‘The best memoir by a politician’. It’s far more – a story that needs to be heard.Political memoirs are written and forgotten. After sensational headlines in Sunday newspapers announcing the dirt to be dished, most are consigned to the charity shop pile or to be found in branches of The Works. Not…