Robert Macfarlane – a naturalist, Cambridge Fellow and writer of the bestselling book The Old Ways, where the author sets off from his Cambridge home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea-paths that form part of a vast networks of routes which criss-cross Britain, has a new book out.
Anyone who enjoys reading about nature and the land, language and the relationship between them should enjoy this.
Landmarks is all about the language of landscape, and it presents hundreds of words and phrases for weather and natural phenomena, and for working and playing in the countryside.
Macfarlane argues that we’ve lost touch with the earth, both physically and linguistically. He presents writers who are engaged with it, and language ‘that belongs to an age when children could tell the difference between an oak and an ash, a sparrow and a wren, the book demands our re-engagement with the natural world’.
Nature writing is on the up with books like this and prize winning H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.