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The Last Wilderness: A Journey into Silence

Nature WritingComing Soon

Series: Nominees for the Wainwright Prize 2018 [NHBS List]

By: Neil Ansell(Author)

Tinder Press

Hardback | Feb 2018 | #239910 | ISBN-13: 9781472247117
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NHBS Price: £18.99 $25/€22 approx

About this book

The experience of being in nature alone is here set within the context of a series of walks that Neil Ansell takes into the most remote parts of Britain, the rough bounds in the Scottish Highlands. He illustrates the impact of being alone as part of nature, rather than outside it.

As a counterpoint, Neil Ansell also writes of the changes in the landscape, and how his hearing loss affects his relationship with nature as the calls of the birds he knows so well become silent to him.

"A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell's rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that C.S.Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most comfortable armchair and get away from it all"
Countryfile

"Ansell has the rare skill of combining vividly the intimacy of detail and the astonishing grandeur of this North West coastline of Scotland. Through his keen eyes we look again at the familiar with a sense of wondrous revelation"
– Madeleine Bunting

"The Last Wilderness is a moving and mesmerising book. Ansell's quiet, respectful immersion in the landscape rewards with some startling encounters with the natural world. He is a knowledgeable and generous guide to the unique flora and fauna of this beautiful corner of Scotland"
– James Macdonald Lockhart, author of Raptor

"Neil Ansell is a genuine creature of the wild. His knowledge of remote places, and his love for them, come from deep and sustained immersion. He writes in prose which is entirely right for its subject - unshowy, level-headed, quietly surprising. The Last Wilderness is a wonderful experience which tingles with all the sensations of being out on the hill, in all weathers, alone"
– Philip Marsden

"A beautifully-written account of the author's journeys to some of the most remote parts of Britain in search of solitude and solace"
Choice
Beautifully charts the challenges and solaces of being alone and part of nature * Bookseller *


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Biography

Neil Ansell was an award winning television journalist with the BBC and a long standing writer for the broadsheets. He is the author of two previous books, Deep Country and Deer Island, and has contributed to nature programmes and wildlife documentaries though his main focus was news and current affairs. He has two daughters and lives in Brighton.

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