Common Ground

Common Ground

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Paperback Published on: 24/03/2016
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Common Ground
Nature writing in the hands of a poet.
A powerful and moving piece of writing which is both a minutely detailed observation of the natural world and our relationship in it and also a wondrous an... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster
Common Ground
Cowen's novel is masterpiece of heartfelt prose
This is the first book I have read of the Nature writing genre. Before I started the novel I was wary of this sort of book, sceptical of not only of the ge... READ MORE
Alex at Cardiff
Common Ground
a magical weaving of life and death
Rob Cowen has used the comparison of life and death in nature alongside his experience of his wife's pregnancy and the birth of his son. It becomes plainly... READ MORE


ONE OF BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE NATURE BOOKS AS FEATURED ON BBC's WINTERWATCH SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016 '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 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.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099592037
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 243g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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Common Ground
Beautiful book
Exquisitely written,lovely descriptions of the flora and fauna that we are all surrounded by but don't see,interspersed with contrasting flashes of narrati... READ MORE
Nicholas King
Common Ground
A masterpiece.
I'm usually sceptical about nature writing, but as soon as I heard about this I knew I needed it in my life. The fact it's written about a local town does... READ MORE
Rachel at Waterstones Harrogate