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  • Barbara Copperthwaite

GIVEWAY! Claxton, by Mark Cocker


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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The books  were all shortlisted for the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015, an annual award that showcases the best books in UK nature and travel writing. Celebrating the legacy of renowned British nature writer Alfred Wainwright, the prize reflects his core values of inspiring people to explore the outdoors, whilst engendering a love of landscape and respect for nature.


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