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  1. Penny Penny says:

    I started reading this book assuming it was another Nature Diary and I had high hopes it would be well written as Evans is a diarist for The GuardianIt was most definitely beautifully written but it was far far than a diary Evans is a philosophising observer and what he spots on his walks for instance a ruined cottage sends his mind spinning in all directions We get literature art myth etc all bound up in a huge love for the world around him and a tangible fear as to what we are doing with that worldI loved his section on 'eldritch' a word I had never come across before but won't forget now It's that hard to describe feeling you get when you go somewhere a forest perhaps or an old building and feel a sense of almost spooky unease I'd normally say somewhere was 'creeping me out' but I can use the proper word now

  2. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    A book full of unexpected nuggets of information and inspiration in addition to the travel notes and field observations Evans who writes a Guardian country diary from Wenlock Edge Shropshire incorporates personal anecdote folk songs myths and scientific advances His central idea is that we have lost our connection with nature due to fear – “ecophobia” the opposite of which is EO Wilson’s “biophilia” How do we overcome that fear? Mostly by doing just what Evans does spending time in nature finding beauty and developing an affinity for particular places and speciesSee my full review at NudgeRelated reading A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson and Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane also seek to restore our sense of wonder at a natural world we dismiss as all too familiar

  3. Paul Paul says:

    Someone once told Paul Evans that Britain had no wilderness left Man has eradicated all things natural from the Neolithic onwards where what is left are the estuaries unreachable cliffs and those places in our minds eye Evans disagrees and in this book his is taking us on a journey to the natural spaces where one borders another to see what is left and to see what is possible This trip will take us up ridges over floodplains to islands past ruins and to the strandlines where land meets sea There he reveals nature in its rawest state at that pinnacle between exuisite and perilFrom his home in Wenlock Edge Evans seeks out the natural world and brings it alive with his elouent prose But he draws on than that in this book; there is elements of history and culture as well as poetry and razor sharp observation Even though I read the Guardian I haven’t knowingly read any of his articles in there but after this book I will definitely be reading them now

  4. Ginna Ginna says:

    I was hoping this was going to be observations from the edge of a field but alas it was mostly melancholic musings on the liminal

  5. Anne Anne says:

    Living on Wenlock Edge he observes the inter dependance of plants birds animals fungi etc Interesting facts and evocative descriptions

  6. Ginni Ginni says:

    A slow read but in a good way Indeed this is ‘field notes’ and also contains fascinating and sometimes disturbing scientific facts the section on stoats and nematodes had me totally gripped in a rather unsettling way However it is also beautifully written in lyrical prose drawing in many other disciplines aside from biology and ecology Evans is a philosopher of the natural world My only objection is that he sometimes overuses rather obscure words for example ‘liminal’ This was especially annoying as I’m still unclear as to its meaning even after looking it up

  7. Denni Denni says:

    I'm avoiding this whole stars thing mostly but this is such a wonderful book so beautifully written so full of information and loveliness that I had to give it 5 Highly recommended And yes everything is taking me ages to read for lots of reasons not least that I have far too many books on the go at the moment not usual for me

  8. Erica Basnicki Erica Basnicki says:

    Nope Just nope Possibly brilliant if you love the genre but the writing is long winded stilted and dense Awkwardly long sentences overly precious vocabulary some of which can’t even be found in the Oxford dictionary and an absolute chore to read A smattering of beautiful thoughtprose cannot save this book from the donation pile

  9. Kenneth Kenneth says:

    A series of essays meditating on the idea of wildness and wilderness from a British writer I enjoyed these tremendously though they did not hold together as a whole Wonderful for the vocabulary alone

  10. George Barnett George Barnett says:

    An extended meditation in the style of the Guardian’s Country Diary Some wonderful sections I’ll be returning to again and again

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Field Notes from the Edge [Download] ✤ Field Notes from the Edge By Paul Evans – In Field Notes from the Edge the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary' Paul Evans takes us on a journey through the in between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines mudflats cliff tops In Field Notes from the from the Epub á Edge the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary' Paul Evans takes us on a journey through the in between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines mudflats cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possibleHere Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; Field Notes Kindle - part sacred space part wasteland It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beautyCombining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans's place among our leading nature writers today.