The new season begins. The geese return… Selected as a BOOK OF THE YEAR by The Times
The arrival of huge flocks of geese in the UK is one of the most evocative and powerful harbingers of winter; a vast natural phenomenon to capture the imagination. So Stephen Rutt found when he moved to Dumfries one autumn, coinciding with the migration of thousands of pink-footed geese who spend their winter in the Firth. Thus began an extraordinary odyssey.
From his new surroundings in the north to the wide open spaces of his childhood home in the south, Stephen traces the lives and habits of the most common species of goose in the UK and explores the place they have in our culture, our history and, occasionally, on our festive table.
Wintering takes you on a vivid tour of the inbetween landscapes the geese inhabit, celebrating the short days, varied weathers and long nights of the season during which we share our home with these large, startling, garrulous and cooperative birds.
Praise for Wintering:
‘A poignant testament to how we can find peace in the rhythms of the natural world.’ – The Times, Books of the Year 2019
‘Illuminating history and descriptive nature writing make Wintering an understated gem.’ – Waterstones.com, Gifts for Nature Lovers
‘Rutt’s dreamy prose is as cool and elegant as the season he charts.’ – Jon Dunn, BBC Wildlife
‘I will never look at geese the same again. Strangely, I can’t wait for winter.’ – Caught by the River
"Stephen Rutt urges us to look again at these large, garrulous birds... A poignant testament to how we can find peace in the rhythms of the natural world... With the arrival of geese comes winter and with their departure we receive a symbolic promise that summer will come again." - The Times, Books of the Year 2019 ; "A wistful, lovingly essayed volume. Illuminating history and descriptive nature writing make Wintering an understated gem for the festive season." - Waterstones.com, Gifts for Nature Lovers ; "Rutt's dreamy prose is as cool and elegant as the season he charts. His love for them shines throughout a seamless blend of field observations and cultural history, framed by his continuing journey towards discovering solace and sense in nature" - Jon Dunn, BBC Wildlife ; "There are undoubtedly health benefits of spending time with wild creatures and I am uplifted by this book and peer upwards searching for a first view of a skein of geese flying overhead to their wintering grounds not far from me. I will never look at geese the same again. Strangely, I can't wait for winter." - Caught by the River ; "From Dumfriesshire's spectacular skeins of pink-footed geese to the elusive Brandt, these extraordinary visitors are explored in this beautifully presented book" - Belfast Telegraph
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