Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond

9780857524577: Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond
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BEST NATURE BOOKS OF THE YEAR, 2019 - The Times and Irish Independent

'A beautifully written celebration of one of the natural world's most fertile founts of biodiversity and artistic inspiration ... A call to arms.' - The Times

The Pond. Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It’s the moorhen’s reedy home, the frog’s ancient breeding place, the kill zone of the beautiful dragonfly. More than a hundred rare and threatened fauna and flora depend on it.

Written in gorgeous prose, Still Water tells the seasonal story of the wild animals and plants that live in and around the pond, from the mayfly larvae in the mud to the patrolling bats in the night sky above. It reflects an era before the water was polluted with chemicals and the land built on for housing, a time when ponds shone everywhere like eyes in the land, sustaining life for all, from fish to carthorse.

Still Water is a loving biography of the pond, and an alarm call on behalf of this precious but overlooked habitat. Above all, John Lewis-Stempel takes us on a remarkable journey – deep, deep down into the nature of still water.

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"A beautifully written celebration of one of the natural world's most fertile founts of biodiversity and artistic inspiration ... A call to arms." (BEST NATURE BOOKS OF THE YEAR, 2019, The Times)

"The master of nature-writing takes readers through the changing life of a pond season by season." (Radio Times)

"Great nature writing needs to be informative, detailed, accurate, lyrical, and, above all, to instil a sense of gratitude and wonder. John Lewis-Stempel succeeds in all these things triumphantly. From amorous toads to the eye-popping mating habits of water boatmen, a magical celebration of pond life by one of our finest, most evocative nature writers." (Daily Mail)

"One of England's most noted nature writers ... Still Water is a scintillating mirror of ourselves." (Derek Turner BOOK OF THE WEEK: The Lady)

"UK farmer and nature writer John Lewis-Stempel has won much acclaim for his perfectly observed reflections on pastoral habitats and their residents. Still Water explores "the deep life" of ponds with characteristic wit and beauty from the two-time Wainwright Prize winner." (Hilary A White Irish Independent)

About the Author:

John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His previous books include The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food, Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, which won the 2015 Wainwright Prize, The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Wainwright Prize, Where Poppies Blow, which won the prize, The Wood: The Life and Times of Cockshutt Wood, and most recently Still Water: The Deep Life of the Pond. John writes for Country Life and won the BMSE Columnist of the Year Award in 2016. He lives on the borders of England and Wales with his wife and two children.

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Lewis-Stempel, John
Published by Doubleday (2019)
ISBN 10: 0857524577 ISBN 13: 9780857524577
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Book Description Doubleday, 2019. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 304 pages. 8.66x5.67x1.34 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0857524577

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