Publication Date: 02/03/2023 ISBN: 9781912836178 Category:

Two Lights

James Roberts

Publisher: September Publishing
Publication Date: 02/03/2023 ISBN: 9781912836178 Category:


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Roberts’ sensitive writing captures loss without being overwhelmed by the melancholy. He tells of changing times, losing loved ones, and fear for the future of the natural world. Despite looking at depression, family illness and bereavement, there is a sense of awe and joy that illuminates the book. Both memoir and travel writing, Roberts walks at dusk and dawn near his home in Wales and all across the globe, experiencing moments of wonder for nature and wildlife that he fears he will never witness again.
You travel with Roberts to seek and hold onto these moments that feel somehow immortalised by his recognition and gratitude for the experiences.


An extraordinary account of searching for the wildness left in our world – spanning continents and geological eras, skies and oceans, animals and birds, and even the planets and stars.

With dizzying acuity and insight Roberts paints a portrait of a life and its landscapes, creating precious connections with wild creatures and places, from swans in the Cambrian Mountains to wolves in the Pacific Northwest. By walking at dawn and dusk, in the two lights of awakening and deepening, through the stripped, windswept hills of Wales, and the jungles and savannahs of Africa, he tries to navigate from a soul-stripping sense of loss towards hope in the future.

In the presence of wild creatures he finds a way back to life.

Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2024.

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