Common Ground

Common Ground

Paperback (24 Mar 2016) | English

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Synopsis

ONE OF BRITAIN'S FAVOURITE NATURE BOOKS AS FEATURED ON BBC's WINTERWATCH

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2016

'Bold and beautiful.' Robert Macfarlane

'Sensitive, thoughtful and poetic ... leading us into a whole new way of looking at the world' Michael Palin

'Touched by genius' John Lewis-Stempel

'Absolutely mesmerizing, utterly beautiful and engrossing' Joanne Harris

After moving from London to a new home in Yorkshire, and about to become a father for the first time, Rob Cowen finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Disoriented, hemmed in by winter and yearning for open space, he ventures out to a nearby edge-land: a pylon-slung tangle of wood, hedge, field, meadow and river that lies unclaimed and overlooked on the outskirts of town.

Digging deeper into this lost landscape, he begins to uncover its many layers and lives - beast, bird, insect, plant and people - in kaleidoscopic detail. As the seasons change and the birth of his child draws closer, his transformative journey into the blurry space where human and nature meet becomes increasingly profound. In bringing this edge-land to life, Cowen offers both a both a unique portrait of people and place through time and an unforgettable exploration of the common ground we share with the natural world, the past and each other.

About the Publisher

Windmill Books

Windmill Books

Cornerstone’s Windmill imprint launched in 2009, publishing literary fiction and non-fiction in paperback. The list is comprised of prize winners, exceptional new voices and expert non-fiction writers publishing across a broad range of genres. In fiction we publish books by Aimee Bender, Douglas Coupland, James Ellroy, Jenni Fagan (Granta Best Young British Novelist 2013), Paul Harding (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Tinkers), Nick Harkaway, Jonathan Lee, Tim Pears, Anna Quindlen, and David Vann. Our non-fiction authors include Liaquat Ahamed (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Lords of Finance), Dan Cruickshank, Duncan Hamilton (two-time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year), Simon Heffer, Kevin Jackson, Marc Morris, Azar Nafisi and Matthew Parker.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099592037
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Windmill Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 508.4284
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 41935
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 248g
Height: 199mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 23mm