Book review: ‘Estuary’ by Rachel Lichtenstein

Out from London to the Sea. In Estuary, Rachel Lichtenstein travels on and about the Thames estuary, meeting people with different connections to the place: writers, artists, singers, sailors, bargemen, mudlarkers, cocklers, historians, naturalists, Sealanders. The book provides an interesting snapshot of a time when traditional ways of life around the estuary are dying out.…

At Hawthorn Time

by Melissa Harrison An extraordinary modern rural novel. As a person who reads almost no fiction, I have to say I enjoyed Melissa Harrison's At Hawthorn Time very much indeed. It's an extraordinary novel, slipping back and forth between three storylines, the backdrops to each of which are issues concerning rural life in the twenty-first…

Field Work

by Ronald Blythe Essays on literature, art and the countryside. I'm a big fan of Ronald Blythe's gentle writing style. His Wormingford series of diaries, which first appeared in his regular column in The Church Times should be seen as a national treasure. Field Work is a series of essays about the countryside and country…