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The Lost Words: A Spell Book


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

By: Robert MacFarlane(Author), Jackie Morris(Illustrator)

128 pages, colour illustrations

Hamish Hamilton

Hardback | Oct 2017 | #237269 | ISBN-13: 9780241253588
Availability: In stock
NHBS Special Offer Price: £15.99 £19.99 (Save £4.00) $21 / €18 approx (ends 31/12/2018)

About this book

From bestselling Landmarks author Robert MacFarlane and acclaimed artist & author Jackie Morris – a beautiful illustrated book for readers young and old. Please note the large size (27 × 37 cm)

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. These are the words of the natural world – Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children's minds.

The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert MacFarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

"The Lost Words is a book of spells that when read aloud will conjure back lost words – those McFarlane noticed have vanished from language, particularly of younger children in the UK. The spells within are captivating and at times whimsical despite the rather serious underlying theme of the book. [...] The Lost Words is a beautiful and educational book with many layers to unfold."
– Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, BES Bulletin 49(2), June 2018

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Robert MacFarlane is the author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books including The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Holloway and Landmarks. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for film, television and radio, and his essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and the Guardian. Most recently, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the EM Forster Award for Literature 2017. Robert Macfarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and is presently completing Underland, about underworlds real and imagined.

Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, Independent and Guardian, has collaborated with Ted Hughes, and has written & illustrated over forty books children's including beloved classics such as Song of the Golden Hare, Tell Me A Dragon, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Wild Swans. Jackie Morris lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire.

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