Common Ground: One of Britain's Favourite Nature Books as featured on BBC's Winterwatch (Hardback)
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Common Ground: One of Britain's Favourite Nature Books as featured on BBC's Winterwatch (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 07/05/2015
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Shortlisted for the 2015 Portico Prize for Non-Fiction 'Sensitive, thoughtful and poetic ... leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world' Michael Palin 'Absolutely mesmerizing, utterly beautiful and engrossing' Joanne Harris After moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, and about to become a father for the first time, Rob Cowen finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Disoriented, hemmed in by winter and yearning for open space, he ventures out to a nearby edge-land: a pylon-slung tangle of wood, hedge, field, meadow and river that lies unclaimed and overlooked on the outskirts of town. Digging deeper into this lost landscape, he begins to uncover its many layers and lives - beast, bird, insect, plant and people - in kaleidoscopic detail. As the seasons change and the birth of his child draws closer, his transformative journey into the blurry space where human and nature meet becomes increasingly profound. In bringing this edge-land to life, Cowen offers both a both a unique portrait of people and place through time and an unforgettable exploration of the common ground we share with the natural world, the past and each other.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780091954550
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"One of the most original books of 2015." -- Melissa Harrison * Books of the Year, The Times *
"Bold and beautiful." -- Robert Macfarlane * New Statesman *
"Cracking... Vividly and movingly described... Cowen writes very well." -- Alan Bennett * London Review of Books *
"Absolutely mesmerising, utterly beautiful, utterly engrossing - it takes a lot for a book to give me goosebumps but this one did." -- Joanne Harris * Simon Mayo Drivetime BBC Radio 2 *
"[A] multi-faceted, touched-by-genius exploration of a stretch of Harrogate wasteland." -- John Lewis-Stempel * Sunday Express, Books of the Year *
"Marks out Cowen as a new writer who is both entertaining and significant... Cowen's descriptive writing is visceral and gripping... and his attention to colour is particularly striking." -- Richard Benson * Independent *
"Magical... Deeply original... a detailed nature study [and] a moving memoir... I became both intrigued and enchanted by this hybrid approach." -- Sara Maitland * Countryfile magazine, Book of the Month *
"Highly poetic... like an archaeologist, Cowen unearths histories, natural life and decayed infrastructure in a small area bordering the River Nidd... Above all, Common Ground is about the transformative power of this unnoticed piece of land, if one can only stand and stare for long enough'" -- Serena Tarling * Financial Times *

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“Beautiful book”

Exquisitely written,lovely descriptions of the flora and fauna that we are all surrounded by but don't see,interspersed with contrasting flashes of narrative action - highly recommended.

Paperback edition
9th May 2016
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“A masterpiece.”

I'm usually sceptical about nature writing, but as soon as I heard about this I knew I needed it in my life.
The fact it's written about a local town doesn't matter, even if you didn't know... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2016
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“A lyrical, beautiful and original book”

Rarely do books move me as much as this memoir did, but it has stayed with me ever since I closed it. In rich prose dotted with passages of pure poetry, Common Ground weaves together the author’s journey into both a... More

Hardback edition
3 similar books recommended
18th February 2016
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