Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places

"Irreplaceable is a call to arms." ~ Rebecca Foster, Shiny New Books This summer, six years after I began writing it, Irreplaceable finally set out on a path of its own when it was published by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin Books. Celebrating those threatened places and wild species that are increasingly vanishing from our world, … Continue reading Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places

Artwork for Irreplaceable: Interview with Rowena Dugdale

“The landscape here is both wild and uncontainable, but also delicate and full of treasure.” ~ Rowena Dugdale Books act as journeys in the sense of the times, places, ideas and experiences through which a reader voyages, and often they are no less propelling and enlarging of view for their authors. In the years that … Continue reading Artwork for Irreplaceable: Interview with Rowena Dugdale

Wind, Water

In the absence of sunlight flickered a different kind of brilliance. It was brief and beautiful, an iridescent bead at the edge of a strange and moving place, a lonesome cemetery sloping towards the shore. There were cherry-red candles and sticks of incense left as offerings, sea-mist like a shawl. In the shallows, the sleek … Continue reading Wind, Water

Gathered Light

It reached me as an afterglow. We were walking on a cliff-edge path when a faint light glimmered at the corner of my eye. I stopped and looked down on the sea for a while, reluctantly accepting that it must have been the sparkling roll of a wave that I’d seen, a crest of bright … Continue reading Gathered Light

Sand, Starlings and Other Small Things

The two Prespa Lakes are split by a flat isthmus, a spur of sand which pelicans glide across in summer as they swap one body of water for the other. Those two lakes, though, were once one, a single blue bowl encircled by steep slopes. Over thousands of years, silt and sediment from the mountains … Continue reading Sand, Starlings and Other Small Things