Meadowland: the private life of an English field

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Paperback Published on: 26/03/2015
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A fascinating eco system beneath our feet.
This glorious nature book is not just one biography of an English meadowland, but many biographies in one, the thousands of creatures and animals that inh... READ MORE
Firstly many thanks to the publishers for sending me a copy to review. This book is written to follow the calendar months, and could be read as a monthly j... READ MORE
Rich, poetic nature writing.
This is a wonderful, powerful book, soaked in atmosphere & bursting with life. 'Meadowland' is almost a biography of Stempel's field, a journal of a landsc... READ MORE
Paul S. at Lancaster
The Most Lyrical and Delightful Farmer
John Lewis-Stempel owns a farm on the borders of England and Wales, but has also written several highly-regarded books on nature and the First World War. H... READ MORE
Jane Mac


Winner of the Wainwright Prize 2015

What really goes on in the long grass? Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow's life from January to December, together with its biography.

In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others. Their births, lives, and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to last.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552778992
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 19 mm

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Brilliant primer on England's natural habitat
Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field is a month-by-month account of the wild and domestic animal activity that takes place in the English count... READ MORE
A perfect book for any nature lover
Although this book is set in England. It is a perfect book for anyone who loves the British countryside. Full of interesting facts about our most common fl... READ MORE
Mark Bandey
A great gift!
I bought this for my mum as a present at the start of the Lockdown. She loved it!
Sarah Jarrett
A shared pleasure
I chose this title as a present for a friend as I had enjoyed The Wood so much. and found it completely engrossing. I will definitely read more by Lewis-... READ MORE
Jennifer Robinson