Hidden Nature (Paperback)Alys Fowler (author)
Shortlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018
I now see that this journey on the water was about finding an external correlation to my inner world. I needed a transmutable world, a fluid space that would allow me to make my own changes.
Leaving her garden to the mercy of the slugs, the Guardian's award-winning writer Alys Fowler set out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham's canal network, full of little-used waterways where huge pike skulk and kingfishers dart.
Her book is about looking beneath the surface, noticing the wild everywhere and what it means to see beauty where you least expect it. Hidden Nature is also the story of Alys Fowler's emotional journey and her coming out as a gay woman.
Beautifully written, honest and very moving, it’s a book about fluidity, change and what happens when someone who has learned to observe her external world in such detail decides to examine her internal world with the same care.
Above all, this book is about losing and finding, exploring familiar places and discovering unknown horizons. A book that examines what it means to change and encourages everyone to pay greater attention to the natural world that lies in even the most ordinary, urban and industrial spaces.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 175 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 14 mm
'She writes wonderfully about the species that have carved out a place for themselves amid the discarded shopping trolleys, condom packets and industrial waste.' - The Guardian
'An emotional and compelling memoir, that left me inspired, both by her bravery in transforming her life, and by the unexpected beauty she finds along the way.' - Countryfile Magazine
'Fowler beautifully exposes her emotional fragility while also celebrating the unloved nature of buddleia, herons and even the water rats who take refuge among the locks.' - i paper
'In the beautiful memoir Hidden Nature: A Voyage of Discovery, TV gardener Alys Fowler steers a barge around Birmingham's waterways, noting the plants and realising, after 12 years as wife and carer to her husband, that she has fallen in love with a woman.' - Good Housekeeping'Gentle, brave and acutely observant.' - Woman's Weekly
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I absolutely adored this book. Ms Fowler's 'Voyage of Discovery', both internal and external, is honest and fascinating.
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