GIVEAWAY! Rising Ground, by Philip Marsden

We’ve all looked at a beautiful scene, be it on top of a mountain, on a beach watching the waves crash ashore, or the waving of grasses in meadows, and felt serenity wrap us in its warm cloak. But why? These are the questions Philip Marsden asks and attempts to answer in Rising Ground: A…

GIVEAWAY! Running Free, by Richard Askwith

A love letter to running, with a glorious Northamptonshire countryside as a backdrop, Running Free, by Richard Askwith is both eloquent and inspiring. Previously, Askwith was a self-confessed ‘kit’ fan, needing the latest equipment in order to feel he was pushing himself in his training. This book is about how he stripped it back to…

Freshly-hatched

The pond is a real hive of activity at the moment. As well as the new Moorhen chicks and Mallard ducklings, the Canada Geese today showed off their brood for the first time. The pair proudly swam along with their seven fluffy yellow goslings. But the newest addition of all is not yet ready for the…

GIVEAWAY! The Moor, by William Atkins

There are few places as romanticised yet feared as the moors: think Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles. They are vast expanses of land which lend themselves to loneliness, yet they are brought brilliantly to life by William Atkins. His account of moorlands from the south to the north of the country is…

Are we nearly there yet?

Hurrah! Time for celebration! Because I have finished the second draft of my new novel. Only it isn’t really cause for celebration, because now I have to start the third draft. “The third draft?! Why are you bothering?” some people have said to me. The answer is because it needs it; simple as that. People…

GIVEAWAY! H is for Hawk, by Helen MacDonald

A heartbreaking journey into grief that is both touchingly personal and movingly universal, H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Helen Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming. Becoming a falconer had been a childhood wish of Macdonald’s, but her father’s death had…

GIVEAWAY! Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel

Some writing is so beautiful that I am gripped with an urge to read sections out loud, just so that I can hear the jewel-like words as well as see them, somehow maximizing the pleasure and sharing the joy with others. This is one such book. Vividly described, and wonderfully written, Meadowland gives a unique…