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THE WILD PLACES Robert Macfarlane 2007 1st ed Hardcover DJ New 2 Copies Available
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London, 2007, 1st edition, fourth printing. 352 pp. New hardcover with dust jacket.

Robert Macfarlane’s The Wild Places is an outstanding winner of the Boardman Tasker Award for 2007.

The Wild Places is both an intellectual and a physical journey, and Macfarlane travels in time as well as space. Guided by monks, questers, scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, both living and dead, he explores our changing ideas of the wild. From the cliffs of Cape Wrath, to the holloways of Dorset, the storm-beaches of Norfolk, the salt marshes and estuaries of Essex, and the moors of Rannoch and the Pennines, his journeys become the conductors of people and cultures, past and present, who have had intense relationships with these places. Hardcover with DJ, New.
 
Certain birds, animals, trees and objects - snow-hares, falcons, beeches, crows, suns, white stones - recur, and as it progresses this densely patterned book begins to bind tighter and tighter. At once a wonder voyage, an adventure story, an exercise in visionary cartography, and a work of natural history, 'The Wild Places' is written in a style and a form as unusual as the places with which it is concerned. It also tells the story of a friendship, and of a loss. It mixes history, memory and landscape in a strange and beautiful evocation of wildness and its vital importance.
 
Hardcover with DJ, New.
 
From the official announcement of winning the Boardman Tasker Prize:
 
Robert Macfarlane’s The Wild Places is neither a book of forensic investigation, nor autobiography, but it would be impossible to say that elements of both styles are not vibrantly present in this moving, challenging, luminously written book. A few years ago Robert’s Mountains of the Mind was shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Award, and narrowly missed winning. The Wild Places is even better. He wants to search for, and find “wildness” – noticeably, he never uses the term “wilderness” – but not only to find it: to sense it, feel it, understand it, capture something of its soul. This is a magical book, written in the finest evocative prose, in which hedgerow, summit, crag, tree, storm, shingle beach, bivouac and solo exploration are discovered and described anew.

Robert writes with a poet’s eye and mind, but without ego. His evocations of the ordinary are extraordinary. A spurt of birds driven down the wind; a tall bright sky; a flash of the sea grass; a shrapnel-blast of shingle. And alongside the arresting words, there are the quiet and moving meetings with extraordinary people, first among whom is the late, great Roger Deakin. Indeed, part of the true delight and revelation of this book is the integration he achieves, melding disparate sources, observations, facts and first-hand experience; he leads us to see and think the way he does.
 
He seeks to find and to feel the nature of Nature itself, and it is after all our only true context. He shows us how wildness exists just round the corner, as well as in the remote mountain peaks and vistas. That we can be moved to visit our own little pieces of wildness and come to terms with our real responsibility to preserve them for others to discover anew, is gloriously celebrated in this book. As T. S. Eliot wrote in Little Gidding, We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. 

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