Get Lost!

Lately, Nature Writing has become a favorite genre of mine. Having studied literature for many years, I’m not really sure why or how I ended up here? I just know that I have so much more yet discover – which is a fantastic feeling in itself!

For as long as people have been writing, they have been writing about nature. But economic migration, overpopulation and climate change are transforming the natural world into something unfamiliar. As our conception and experience of nature changes, so too does the way we write about it.

Here are 6 favorites 

(to my surprise I just discovered that these books are all written by women…)

  1. Teaching a Stone to Talk – Annie Dillard
  2. Wanderlust – Rebecca Solnit
  3. A Field Guide to Getting Lost  – Rebecca Solnit
  4. Dart – Alice Oswald
  5. Findings – Kathleen Jamie
  6. A Book of Silence – Sara Maitland

Do you have any book or authors you would like to recommend?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Caroline says:

    It is something I’m drawn to as well and I’m glad I have some of the titles you mention. Unfortunately I have no recommnedations yet.

  2. I really enjoyed Dart, and I’ve been meaning to get hold of the Sara Maitland and Rebecca Solnit for ages. Have you come across Simon Schama’s Landscape and Memory? I’ve only just started it, but it strikes me as very good already.

    1. Sigrun says:

      I know of it, but I have not read it, love to hear your thoughts on it!

  3. You might check out the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment for some recommendations. It is an international association of writers, scholars, researchers and environmentalists and very attuned to region, location-writing, nature-writing, ecocriticism and such.

    1. Sigrun says:

      Thank you, I will!

  4. dianajhale says:

    Robert Macfarlane has a new book out – The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, which I have just started. He is an excellent writer – an earlier one is The Wild Places. Other British writers (all men!) are Richard Mabey and Roger Deakin.

  5. Harold Rhenisch says:

    Simon Shama. Landscape and Memory.

  6. I love EVERYTHING Rebecca Solnit has written. Lately I’ve enjoyed Wildwood by Roger Deakin, which lead me to The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane. Thanks for the tip about his new book. I loved the Maitland book, too, and mentioned it in a blog post Jan 23, 2010.

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