"In beautifully written and evocative prose, English nature writer Cowen explores the relationship between humans and nature, making it abundantly clear that nature is where you find it. His subject is ostensibly a single square mile of waste land on the edge of Bilton, a small town in northern England. . . . He masterfully describes this place of beauty and garbage, a place filled with wildlife and the smells and sounds of the encroaching town. But he does much more than superbly describe the transformation of the seasons over the course of a single year. In discussing the changes the land and its inhabitants have experienced over hundreds of generations, Cowen brings the lives of individuals into sharp and poignant focus. . . . He captivatingly blends science, politics, and poetry. . . . Cowen shows how to find joy and awe in the quotidian while cogitating on the world we will leave the next generation."
Publishers Weekly, starred review


"A poetic examination of humankind’s relationship with nature."
Library Journal




Encounters with Nature at the Edges of Life
Rob Cowen

Publication date: November 15, 2016 978-0-226-42426-2 / $29.00

Voted one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Guardian readers


“A cracking book, and having finished, I now feel deprived.”

Alan Bennett, London Review of Books


“Bold and beautiful”

Robert Macfarlane, New Statesman


Rob Cowen is an award-winning journalist and writer whom the Guardian called “one of the UK’s most exciting nature writers.” He has written regular columns on nature and travel for the Independent, Independent on Sunday, and the Telegraph, and he is the author of Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild. He lives and writes in Yorkshire in the north of England.


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