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Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies (Hardback)
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Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 14/09/2015
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The story of English culture over a thousand years can be told as the story of changing ideas about the weather. Writers and artists across the centuries, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things. In a sweeping panorama, Weatherland allows us to witness cultural climates on the move. The Anglo-Saxons before the Norman Conquest lived in a wintry world, writing about the coldness of exile or the shelters they must defend against enemies outdoors. The Middle Ages brought the warmth of spring; the new lyrics were sung in praise of blossom and cuckoos. It is hard to find a description of a rainy night before 1700, but by the end of the eighteenth century the Romantics will take a squall as fit subject for their most probing thoughts. There have been times when the numbers on a rain gauge count for more than a pantheon of aerial gods. There have been times for meteoric marvels and times for gentle breeze. The weather is vast and yet we experience it intimately, which is why Alexandra Harris builds her remarkable story from small evocative details. There is the drawing of a twelfth-century man in February, warming bare toes by the fire. There is the tiny glass left behind from the Frost Fair of 1684, and the Sunspan house in Angmering that embodies the bright ambitions of the 1930s. Harris catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals. Bloody cold, says Jonathan Swift in the slobbery January of 1713. Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one. Weatherland is a celebration of English air and a life-story of those who have lived in it. As we enter what may be the last decades of English weather as we know it, this is a history for our times.

“This is a brilliant, beautiful and sensual book... …It is eccentrically shaped, full of subtleties of light and shade, sweepingly solid – and wonderful.” - The Times

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500518113
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 1050 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 41 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Hugely ambitious, exhilaratingly written and handsomely produced' - Peter Parker, Times Literary Supplement (Book of the Year)
'A brilliant, beautiful and sensual book (and it is a lovely object, with its rich paper and fine illustrations)' - Sunday Times
'Splendid ... its glory is in the detail, in its recording of facts and lives, atmospheres and words, quirks of feeling and behaviour' - A. S. Byatt, Guardian
'The British people love talking about the weather. This book should be their bible. Harris' paean to the power and elusiveness of the climate is as sparkling and refreshing as an April shower ... Every page is a delight and beautifully illustrated throughout' - Times Higher Education
'Highly original' - Apollo
'In Alexandra Harris's deeply felt, richly observed and brilliantly articulated book the weathered life of England is superbly on view ... Prepare to be drenched and delighted in equal measure by the best written downpour England has ever witnessed ' - Tim Dee

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Harris' Romantic Moderns was a fascinating examination of twentieth-century Romantics - Virginia Woolf & artist John Piper for example. This new book in some ways picks up the baton from the previous one in... More

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