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One of the very best of the new nature writers meditates on the relationship between man and grass by looking at four real fields in four different continents Shortlisted for the 2014 Ondaatje Prize
Tim Dee was born in Liverpool in 1961. He has worked as a BBC radio producer for more than twenty years and divides his life between Bristol and Cambridge. His first book, The Running Sky- A Birdwatching Life, was published by Cape in 2009.
"Heavy with poetic resonance... [Dee] pushes the boundaries of nature writing, creating a form that is lyrical but deeply alert to ecological crisis." -- Miriam Darlington * BBC Wildlife * "First-rate evocation of the natural world merges with an elegiac note in these rich stories of the soil." * Independent * "[Dee's] descriptions are constantly inventive; wry and fearless... A project as expansive, and as mesmerizing, as a fenland sky." -- Mary Crockett * Scotsman * "Dee's writing is often quietly poetic, with the spirit of Gerard Manley Hopkins hovering overhead." -- Jon Day * Daily Telegraph * "Four Fields is an enthralling and unexpected book - or four short books - about what we have made of the natural world. The language itself is rich and loamy. There is evidence of much thought here, as well as a naturalist's profound observation. It is proof that really, there is no such thing as "nature writing" - Dee gives us the wide world and everything in it, including ourselves and all our works." -- Kathleen Jamie * Guardian *