Four Walks in English WeatherBook - 2017
Almost every day, as natural and inevitable as breathing, weather fronts form, clouds gather and rain falls, changing how the English countryside looks, smells and sounds and the way the living things in it behave. It alters the landscape itself, too, dissolving ancient rocks, deepening river channels and moving soil from place to place. Rain is co-author of our living countryside; it is also a part of our deep internal landscape. Complain as we may, it is as essential to our sense of identity as it is to our soil. With a national obsession, a frequent inconvenience and an agricultural necessity, rain is what makes this land so green and pleasant; it's also what swells rivers, floods farmland and drives people out of their homes. But because it sends most of us scurrying indoors, few people witness what actually happens out in the landscape on a wet afternoon. Novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison visited four parts of the English countryside in showery weather and, when others looked apprehensively at the sky and went indoors, put on waterproofs and headed out. In Rain, she blends these expeditions with reading, research, memory and a little conjecture in order to follow the course of four rain-showers as they pass over English soil.
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2016.
Characteristics: xv,104 pages :,illustrations ;,20 cm.