by Mark Cocker

Field notes from a small planet.


This is a wonderful book. One of my two favourite new reads of 2014 (the other being A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson). It comprises a large collection of short articles, the majority of which are taken from the Guardian's Country Diary column. Most of the articles are set in and around Mark Cocker's home in Claxton, Norfolk.

The articles are arranged in day-of-the-year order, irrespective of the year in which they were written. This was a clever move, as it makes the collection feel like a flowing narrative, rather than an assortment of discrete essays.

A must-read for all lovers of nature writing.

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