A timely collection of the best British nature writing newly commissioned by one of the great authorities on the subject.
Tim Dee has been a birdwatcher all his life. His first book, The Running Sky (2009), described his first five birdwatching decades. In the same year he collaborated with the poet Simon Armitage on the anthology The Poetry of Birds. Since then he has written and edited several critically acclaimed books- Four Fields (2013), a study of modern pastoral, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Ondaatje Prize; Ground Work (as editor, 2017), a collection of new commissioned writing on place by contemporary writers; and most recently, Landfill (2018), a modern nature-junk monograph on gulls and rubbish. He left the BBC in 2018 having worked as a radio producer for nearly thirty years. He lives in three places- in a flat in inner-city Bristol, in a cottage on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens, and in the last-but-one house from the south western tip of Africa, at the Cape of Good Hope.
Tim Dee has brought together a wondrous array of talent for
this life-affirming, often magical, anthology of
nature writing. -- Katharine Norbury * Observer *
This superb anthology is a paean to spirit of place in dislocated times... And it is a trove. -- Barbara Kiser * Nature *
The anthology for me became a kind of pilgrimage: Canterbury Tales with Tim Dee leading his merry band to the new Common Ground site in Dorset... This collection about how to live lightly in the world and care deeply for its future... is overwhelmingly a message of hope. -- Sue Brooks * Caught by the River **Book of the Month** *
In Ground Work, Tim Dee has collated... An amazing vein of prose from some of the best nature and landscape writers around... A truly excellent book. -- Paul Cheney * Nudge *
Dee, who has the eyes of a birdwatcher, the ears of a radio producer and the soul of a poet, has gathered... this wonderful anthology. -- Michael Kerr * Daily Telegraph *