Narrated By: Vanessa Benjamin
Duration: 2 hours and 32 minutes
What to expect
More than one hundred years ago, a sensitive woman naturalist, nature lover, and accomplished artist began to chronicle all that she encountered while walking and cycling around the countryside of her native England and neighboring Scotland.
Besides noting the flora and fauna, she included poems and quaint folk sayings, saints' days, mottoes, and tidbits of history. Follow along with her month by month as she chronicles the summer thunderstorms and the first hard frost, notes Lady Day and Candlemas Day, watches birds nesting and raising their young, and quotes Shakespeare's praise of the fickleness of April and Browning's description of early November hours.
Known in its facsimile reproduction as The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, which became a New York Times bestseller in 1978, Edith Holden's Nature Notes of 1906 will take the listener back in time one hundred years to when a young woman had the leisure time to deeply explore every nook of her countryside, sweetly celebrating the progress of the seasons on every page of her diary.
Memoirs, Biography: general, Gender studies: women and girls, Nature and the natural world: general interest
Listen to a sample
“Vanessa Benjamin uses her soft British voice to decorate the diary’s delicate prose…Her delicate voice travels through the seasons, making them seem real by combining her talent with that of each writer, as though they shared the same muse. Although informative, the audiobook’s pleasure comes from the richness of the poetic performance.”
“Delightful…records nature’s changing moods throughout the seasons.”
“It is ironic that Edith Holden’s fame rests not on the several books she illustrated in her lifetime, nor on the fifty or so oil paintings she exhibited, but on a private notebook she never intended to publish.”
“There are exceptionally beautiful paintings on every page of birds, butterflies, bees, and flowers, reflecting [Holden’s] deep love of nature. They have been executed with a naturalist’s eye for detail and the sensitivity of an artist.”