The Deep Life of the Pond
A year in the life of the farm pond - completing John Lewis-Stempel's exquisite quartet of countryside books exploring the crucial compromise between human and nature in our farmland.
Ponds: small bodies of water, both naturally formed and artificial, home to wondrous, multitudinous life-forms. Ponds define our childhood: frogspawn, goldfish, feeding the ducks, but also our village life, our farms, our landscape. And they are multi-layered - from carp circling the bottom to water boatmen, coot, and birds dragonflies overhead. In Still Water, John immerses himself in the murky depths, both literarily and figuratively, to explore the still waters of the British countryside through each month of the year.
“Britain's finest living nature writer”
“Lewis-Stempel is a superb observer… he also has an original turn of phrase; colourful, but not overwrought…by the end he has shown with some flair that in the pond there are wondrous, multitudinous life forms. And curious cruelties”
Robbie Millen, The Times
“Great nature writing needs to be informative, detailed, accurate, lyrical, and, above all, to instil a sense of gratitude and wonder. John Lewis-Stempel succeeds in all these things triumphantly. From amorous toads to the eye-popping mating habits of water boatmen, a magical celebration of pond life by one of our finest, most evocative nature writers.”
Christopher Hart, Daily Mail Scotland
“Lewis-Stempel sees and hears things others will never see and hear, and he can write about them as no one else can.”
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“One of England's most noted nature writers ... Still Water is a scintillating mirror of ourselves.”
Derek Turner, BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Lady
“The master of nature-writing takes readers through the changing life of a pondseason by season.”
“UK farmer and nature writer John Lewis-Stempel has won much acclaim for his perfectly observed reflections on pastoral habitats and their residents. Still Water explores "the deep life" of ponds with characteristic wit and beauty from the two-time Wainwright Prize winner.”
Hilary A White, Irish Independent