It’s tough being stuck indoors when nature’s blooming outside—when you’ve less on hand to keep yourself busy and when you’ve suddenly, hopefully, got time and space to centre yourself and reflect.
We can’t help get you outside, but we can offer the next best thing—with a page of nature writing books! Take a look through our selection below, highlighting some of our favourite and bestselling books about the natural world: reflective, reconnective, inspiring and interesting, with a few for budding naturalists too.
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Wherever I am, however beleaguered, all I need to do is dip into the pages of this plain-looking little book and a sense of tranquility opens up around me; reading just one paragraph of Leopold's succinct, descriptive, poetic diary of life in nature, written from a shack on a farm in Wisconsin, ushers me back through time and into a moment of peace. It's through the pages of this book that Leopold, a founding father of wildlife ecology, developed his philosophy of living in communion with nature, but for me it's the moments I love best: the animal noises, the weather and the land, the wisdom, and the calm.
—Gavin, Marketing team
The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd
Breathtaking in its scope, diminutive in its size, Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain journeys deep into the Cairngorms to explore the essential relationship between the human experience and the natural world. Shepherd wrote The Living Mountain against the backdrop of WWII trauma and her poetic prose transports the reader beyond the contemporary situation to an elemental place, a place of epic scale and beauty, imbued with the power to restore optimism in our collective future. A gem.
—Jasper, Buying team
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