I was completely entranced by Starnone’s beautifully written novel. It is a snapshot of a man at the latter end of his life, who, while spending a few days looking after his grandson, takes stock of his life so far. The interactions between the grandfather, and his grandson, are so spot on, to be exquisite, and the way Starnone investigates the theme of a man nearing the end of his life, and evaluating it, and the choices he’s made, in contrast with a boy at the beginning of his, are sublime. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
This is a wonderful book about place, and how it’s history can shape it, as well as us. Laing follows the history of the River Ouse as it meanders through the county of Sussex, and the people that witnessed it. We spend a lot of time with Virginia Woolf and how she was drawn to the river in life, and also, how she used it in her death. But the historical figures, and authors specifically, that Laing references are many, and I loved dipping into the aspects of their lives through the river. A beautifully lyrical ode to one of the natural features of the earth that we live our lives parallel too, and a reminder of how much they influence us. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
This book reads like a novel, and will totally sweep you along with the intrigue and crimes that surround the colorful world of the exotic bird feather collectors, and the people that facilitate them. You will not believe how feathers have been used, and sought after, through history, and Johnson does his subject justice with extensive research. From fly fishing, to high fashion, this gripping true crime heist, and one man’s obsession to solve it, will keep you breathlessly turning pages. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
A completely charming tale that captures the sheer joy of being a bare footed child running through the wild outside world. Beautiful illustrations really bring this story to life, and we can reconnect with what it felt like to be totally at one with nature. Just lovely. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty
This is the story of how a multi-generational intensive-method farm went from the barren desert that that creates, to the lush, thriving, land that it is today, and one family’s incredibly brave decision to see if they could indeed rewild the piece of earth that they are the guardians of.
It is ultimately, a story of hope, but most importantly hope realised.
Faced with economic hardship created by a method of farming that is so expensive to maintain, Charlie Burrell decided to plunge instead into an epic project, called the “Knepp Experiment” to see what would happen if they stepped back from the land, could it rewild itself? To his, and many observers, sheer delight the over 8,000 acres of land, very quickly reestablished itself to a diverse ecosystem, and along with the reinvigoration of plantlife came the increase in native wildlife. Now home to free-roaming cattle, pigs, and deer, as well as the many once-common wild things that witnessed a resurgence, like the turtle doves, nightingales, and purple emperor butterflies to name a few. With globally shocking statistics in biodiversity loss, this is the message we all need, that when the will is there, we can make a difference and bring back health to the nature that sustains us. Such an important book, I cannot recommend it highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty