John Lewis-Stempel is the author of The Wild Life, Meadowland, Where Poppies Grow, The Running Hare, The Secret Life of the Owl and most recently, The Wood- the life and times of Cockshutt Wood. He has twice won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, for Meadowland and Where Poppies Grow, and was shortlisted for The Running Hare, which was also shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award and the Richard Jefferies Society Award. He writes a column on nature and farming for Country Life and was the 2016 BSME Magazine Columnist of the Year. He lives on the borders of England and Wales with his wife and two children.
This is countryside writing crackling with vitality. I savoured every month spent in this exquisite sylvan zoo. And - the hallmark of a great read - I learned a lot. -- Nicholas Crane It sounds magical and you just know it will be gloriously written. -- Caroline Sanderson * Bookseller *