Sylvain Tesson is one France's leading travel and nature writers, whose books have won him hundreds and thousands of readers in France and a number of its top prizes, including the 2019 Prix Renaudot for The Art of Patience. His highly regarded Consolations of the Forest was published in English in 2014. Frank Wynne is an Irish literary translator whose translations, including works by Michel Houllebecq, Frederic Beigbeder and Pierre Lemaitre, have won him a number of prizes. His translation of Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex 1 was shortlisted for the 2018 Booker International Prize.
'A wonderful evocation of waiting and watching for nature.' -- Tim Birkhead, author of <i>Bird Sense</i> 'Beautifully written, beautifully translated, intensely moving and totally absorbing.' -- Stanley Johnson, author of <i>Where the Wild Things Were</i> 'The Art of Patience is extraordinarily beautiful, a narrative of prose that flows with poetry, a long last loving glance at the planet, a visit to the vital bedside of a living world determined to stay alive.' -- Carl Safina, author of <i>Becoming Wild: How Animals Learn to be Animals</i> 'I found it hard to resist... there is so much more to this elegantly written book than the story of a search. It is also a philosophical consideration of the benefits of silence, waiting and personal reflection; an ode to the psychological effect of natural beauty; and a poetic eulogy to the planet.' -- <i>Big Issue</i> '[One of] the best books of the year.' * <i>Financial Times</i> on <i>Consolations of the Forest</i> * 'I thought I'd rip through this book. But it's not something you want to read fast. Tesson, who I came to like more and more, is trying to rearrange his relationship with time. Being alone, miles from anywhere, encourages him to sit still and watch things.' * <i>Spectator</i> on <i>Consolations of the Forest</i> * 'He comes across as the brainiest, daftest, sternest, funniest, most companionable hermit you'll ever meet.' * <i>Guardian</i> on <i>Consolations of the Forest</i> *