Next to Nature

Next to Nature

Language & Reference, Nature Writing, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 13/04/2023
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Ronald Blythe lives at the end of an overgrown farm track deep in the rolling countryside of the Stour Valley, on the border between Suffolk and Essex. His home is Bottengoms Farm, a sturdy yeoman's house once owned by the artist John Nash. From here, Blythe has spent almost half a century observing the slow turn of the agricultural year, the church year, and village life in a series of rich, lyrical rural diaries. Beginning with the arrival of snow on New Year's Day and ending with Christmas carols sung in the village church, Next to Nature invites us to witness a simple life richly lived. With gentle wit and keen observation Blythe meditates on his life and faith, on literature, art and history, and on our place in the landscape. It is a celebration of one of our greatest writers, and an unforgettable ode to the English countryside.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781399804691
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 36 mm

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Next to Nature
A diary of nature, friendship, art and literature from one of the great writers
Next To Nature is such a wonderful book. I wish I could have pottered around the garden at Bottengoms with Ronald Blythe listening to him chat about everyo... READ MORE
Lorraine Moulding