Narrated By: Rob Cowen
Duration: 9 hours and 58 minutes
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016
After moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, and about to become a father for the first time, Rob Cowen finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Disoriented, hemmed in by winter and yearning for open space, he ventures out to a nearby edge-land: a pylon-slung tangle of wood, hedge, field, meadow and river that lies unclaimed and overlooked on the outskirts of town.
Digging deeper into this lost landscape, he begins to uncover its many layers and lives - beast, bird, insect, plant and people - in kaleidoscopic detail. As the seasons change and the birth of his child draws closer, his transformative journey into the blurry space where human and nature meet becomes increasingly profound. In bringing this edge-land to life, Cowen offers both a both a unique portrait of people and place through time and an unforgettable exploration of the common ground we share with the natural world, the past and each other.
'Bold and beautiful.' Robert Macfarlane
'Sensitive, thoughtful and poetic ... leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world' Michael Palin
'Touched by genius' John Lewis-Stempel
'Absolutely mesmerizing, utterly beautiful and engrossing' Joanne Harris
© Rob Cowen 2015 (P) Penguin Audio 2021
Memoirs, The countryside, country life: general interest, Travel writing, Walking, hiking, trekking
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[A] multi-faceted, touched-by-genius exploration of a stretch of Harrogate wasteland.
Cracking… Vividly and movingly described… Cowen writes very well.
Bold and beautiful.
One of the most original books of 2015.
Absolutely mesmerising, utterly beautiful, utterly engrossing – it takes a lot for a book to give me goosebumps but this one did.