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Review: CLAXTON: FIELD NOTES FROM A SMALL PLANET, by Mark Cocker


“The magic comes from the fascinating & vivid detail”

There is something magical about Claxton: Field notes from a small planet. On the surface of it, it is another ‘year in the life’ book, detailing natural life around the village of Claxton, in the Yare valley of Norfolk. The magic comes from the fascinating and vivid detail with which Mark Cocker describes each month, accompanied by peregrines, thrushes, long tailed tits, otters, foxes, moths and spiders to name but a few.

In a single twelve-month cycle of daily writings Cocker explores his relationship to the East Anglian landscape, to nature and to all the living things around him. Packed with observations, his breathtakingly in-depth knowledge is shared with love, whilst not shying away from tackling climate change or the devastating decline of species such as swifts.

The wood carving illustrations are a lovely touch, too. But it is the words which will stay with you.

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