A farmer and award-winning historian and nature writer, British author John Lewis-Stempel still farms on the land in Herefordshire where his family have lived for more than 700 years. The author of books including The Wild Life, Meadowland, Where Poppies Grow, The Running Hare, The Secret Life of the Owl and The Wood, Lewis-Stempel has twice been the recipient of the prestigious Wainwright Prize for nature writing. His most recent book is Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond, published in March 2019.
Brimming over with fascinating facts and the detail that only close and careful observation can bring, John Lewis-Stempel’s frog’s-eye view of the life of the pond is a love-letter to a vital but too often overlooked habitat. Considering both the interlaced network of flora and fauna that surround the pond - from larvae to bats and birdlife dependent on its continuance - and the creeping threats to its survival, Still Water is an intimate and lyrically written portrait of a world in microcosm.