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The Waterstones Podcast - Outside

Posted on 22nd October 2019 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.


Outside

Robert Macfarlane joins us in the studio to talk about the world outside, the climate emergency and how the landscape has shaped his writing and thought over the years. With climate strikes becoming a regular feature we also speak to veteran activist and essayist, Rebecca Solnit, about whether we should be hopeful about the future of the planet. And we actually head outside with the microphone to speak with Professor Shane O’Mara about why the act of walking is far more miraculous and fundamental to being human than we may have imagined.

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The award-winning author behind Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old Ways returns to consider that truly hidden ocean of our landscape: the secrets beneath our feet. Regarding vast, underground networks of tree communication, Bronze Age burial chambers or remote Arctic sea-caves, Macfarlane is peerless in deploying his unique command of language to illuminate the unknown.
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Redolent of the mesmeric power of Ted Hughes’ Iron Man and infused with the timeless fluidity of a Mystery Play, Ness is an extraordinary collaboration between two of the most original imaginations of our time. Told in a combination of prose-poetry and image, Ness brings to life the very imminent threat to our age: the fundamental crisis of the Anthropocene.
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One of our most astute and provocative social commentators tackles notions of identity and the multiplicity of narratives available in contemporary society. Dazzlingly intelligent and passionate, Whose Story is This? is a vital manifesto for the fragmented world we now live in.
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There are many fine books detailing the joys of walking but neuroscientist Shane O’Mara takes a somewhat different approach to the business of putting one foot in front of the other. Delving deep into our psyches and back in time, In Praise of Walking reveals the evolutionary reasons behind humankind’s talent for perambulation.
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Horticulture was both therapy and meditation for filmmaker Derek Jarman, and this intimate diary of the period he spent tending to his garden at Dungeness is as much about personal and cultural reflection as planting and pruning. Written as Jarman absorbed the effects of his HIV diagnosis, Modern Nature is often poignant, often angry and always rewarding.
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A lyrical, intensely romantic evocation of swimming that intertwines sport and culture, and has as much to say about Byron and Yeats as it does about Olympic Butterfly champions. Sensuous and esoteric yet thoroughly engrossing, Haunts of the Black Masseur is a cult classic that demands rediscovery.
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A pastoral classic of the Edwardian Golden Age, The Secret Garden continues to enchant and entertain over a century after its original publication. Spoilt children, an oppressive country pile and the most wondrous playground of flora and fauna combine perfectly to create a truly iconic children’s novel.
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