• The Stubborn Light of Things
  • The Stubborn Light of Things
  • The Stubborn Light of Things
  • The Stubborn Light of Things
  • The Stubborn Light of Things
  • The Stubborn Light of Things

The Stubborn Light of Things: A Nature Diary

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Hardback Published on: 05/11/2020
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Synopsis

When I lived in London I barely noticed the winter solstice. Nothing slowed, contracted or dimmed to mark the shortest day of the year, for, like all cities, London has all but left such trifling considerations behind. But now I am in Suffolk, and the difference could not be more marked. I wake in dim half-light, the yellow windows of nearby farmhouses glimmering across frost-white fields. At three the rooks begin to gather in the leafless trees, and flocks of starlings start to move from place to place. When darkness falls, the nights are blacker than I've ever seen, the starfield so breathtaking that Orion and the Plough are lost amid a million other points of light. The Stubborn Light of Things will transform the way you see the world. A Londoner for over twenty years, moving from flat to Tube to air-conditioned office, Melissa Harrison knew what it was to be insulated from the seasons. Adopting a dog and going on daily walks helped reconnect her with the cycle of the year and the quiet richness of nature all around her: swifts nesting in a nearby church; ivy-leaved toadflax growing out of brick walls; the first blackbird's song; an exhilarating glimpse of a hobby over Tooting Common. Moving from scrappy city verges to ancient, rural Suffolk, where Harrison eventually relocates, this diary - compiled from her beloved Nature Notebook column in The Times - maps her joyful engagement with the natural world and demonstrates how we must first learn to see, and then act to preserve, the beauty we have on our doorsteps - no matter where we live. A perceptive and powerful call-to-arms written in mesmerising prose, The Stubborn Light of Things confirms Harrison as a central voice in British nature writing.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571363506
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 420g
  • Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 29 mm

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The Stubborn Light of Things
A Joy to Read
Having read novels by Melissa Harrison, I knew she was an excellent writer of fiction and included many descriptions of the natural world so I thought it w... READ MORE
Steve Taylor
The Stubborn Light of Things
Delight of a book
Thanks to Faber and Faber and Netgalley for an advance copy of this book. The Stubbon Light of Things is an honest and absolute delight of a book. I could... READ MORE
Laura Read
The Stubborn Light of Things
A Joy to Read
Having read novels by Melissa Harrison, I knew she was an excellent writer of fiction and included many descriptions of the natural world so I thought it w... READ MORE
Steve Taylor
The Stubborn Light of Things
Excellent Book
The Stubborn Light of Things: A Nature Diary by Melissa Harrison is a stunning collection of essays, thoughts, and reflections by the author that center ar... READ MORE
Rachel  Fox
The Stubborn Light of Things
Accessible, thought-provoking and a reminder that nature is available to all wherever we live
The Stubborn Light of Things is a collection of the newspaper columns written by Melissa Harrison for The Times, beginning in 2014 and finishing in lockdow... READ MORE
Sandra