Field Notes from the Edge
One of Britain's foremost nature writers takes us on a journey through Britain's hidden wilderness
‘A profoundly satisfying read’ Financial Times
In Field Notes from the Edge, the acclaimed writer of the Guardian's 'Country Diary', Paul Evans, takes us on a journey through the in-between spaces of Nature – such as strandlines, mudflats, cliff tops and caves – where one wilderness is on the verge of becoming another and all things are possible.
Here, Evans searches out wildlife and plants to reveal a Nature that is inspiring yet intimidating; miraculous yet mundane; part sacred space, part wasteland. It is here that we tread the edge between a fear of Nature’s dangers and a love of Nature’s beauty.
Combining a naturalist’s eye for observation with a poet’s ear for the lyrical, Field Notes from the Edge confirms Paul Evans's place among our leading nature writers today.
Praise for Field Notes from the Edge
Field Notes from the Edge's magic lies partly in the sheer quality of the prose, partly in Evans’ ability to loop together disparate threads[...] a profoundly satisfying read.Melissa Harrison, Financial Times
A wonderfully original book…Evans has a superb eye, a fine ear for all kinds of speech, a love of droll reality and a lyrical sense of all life...a joy.Richard Kerridge, author of Cold Blood
The best account I know of how it goes with our wilds...[a] deeply loveable bookTim Dee, author of Four Fields
This lyrical prose makes the reader itch to get out into nature...Ultimately, Evans draws on the past to confront our present and ask what kind of future might be possibleIndependent
Paul Evans’s important new book is the first indisputable classic of twenty-first-century nature writing…A masterpieceJim Perrin, author of West
Beautifully observed field notes from a fine writerBBC Countryfile Magazine
A strange, wonderful, maudlin, meditative and romantic book. A book of great sensorial qualities, deeply stratified...I urge it upon you.Neil Sentance, Caught by the River
Paul Evans [is] a rare original...with his mastery of otherwise unseen moments of life on earthMaggie Gee, author of My Animal Life
Stunning, thoughtful and closely observed…the sort of writing that compels you to go outdoors and re-experience the worldGerard Woodward, author of I’ll Go to Bed at Noon
Evans seeks an intimacy in his language....We have been in the company of a masterResurgence and Ecologist magazine
First rateCountry Walking
Great sadness, interest and beauty...a very worthwhile readThe Lady