John Wright is a naturalist and self-confessed forager. He has written books in the River Cottage Handbook series on fungi and mushrooms, hedgerows and seashores – and booze. He has now written a personal history of hedgerows, ditches, dykes and dry stone walls for Profile Books. It is, quite simply, the most beautiful book I have seen in years. From its dustjacket by Clare Curtis (redolent of Bawden and Ravilious) to the use of green for the title and chapter headings and the colour illustrations on nearly every page it engages and charms in equal measure. The publishers claim that it is a “book to stuff into your pocket for country walks in every season, or to savour in winter before a roaring fire”. Indeed it is. But it is also required reading before we lose the countryside it seeks to illuminate and celebrate.
John Wright A Natural History of the Hedgerow: and ditches, dykes and dry stone walls
Hardback £16.99 (384pp)
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