We are living in
the anthropocene - an epoch where everything is being determined by the
activities of just one soft-skinned, warm-blooded, short-lived,
pedestrian species. How do we make our way through the ruins that we
have made? This anthology tries to answer this as it explores new and
enduring cultural landscapes, in a celebration of local distinctiveness
that includes new work from some of our finest writers. We have memories
of childhood homes from Adam Thorpe, Marina Warner and Sean O'Brien; we
journey with John Burnside to the Arizona desert, with Hugh Brody to
the Canadian Arctic; going from Tessa Hadley's hymn to her London garden
to caving in the Mendips with Sean Borodale to shell-collecting on a
Suffolk beach with Julia Blackburn.
Helen Macdonald, in her remarkable piece on growing up in a 50-acre walled estate, reflects on our failed stewardship of the planet: `I take stock.' she says, `During this sixth extinction, we who may not have time to do anything else must write now what we can, to take stock.' This is an important, necessary book.
The essential and defining new collection of the best British nature
writing`Tim Dee has brought together a wonderous array of talent for
this life-affirming, often magical anthology' Observer.
Ground Work : Writings on People and Places - Tim Dee
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