AN expeditions into the unknown.

here is a list of books, some of them i have read, some of them i have been recommended

  1. Abbey, Edward: Desert Solitaire
  2. Baker, J.A: The Peregrine
  3. Clark, T.A.: The Hundred Thousand Places
  4. Roger Deakin, Roger: Wildwood
  5. Dillard, Annie: EVERYTHING
  6. Fredston, Jill: Rowing to Latitude – Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge
  7. Jamie, Kathleen: Findings
  8. Leigh Fermor, Patrick:  A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water
  9. Lopez, Barry: Arctic Dreams
  10. Mabey,Richard 
  11. Macfarlane, Robert: The Old Ways – A Journey on Foot
  12.  The Wild Places
  13. Maitland, Sara: A Book of  Silence
  14. Maitland, Sara: How to Be Alone
  15. Meloy,Ellen: Eating Stone – Imagination and the Loss of the Wild
  16. Oswald, Alice: Dart
  17. Shama, Simon: Landscape and Memory
  18. Sebald, W. G.:  The Rings of Saturn
  19. – Vertigo, Austerlitz
  20. – Campo Santo
  21. Solnit, Rebecca: A Field Guide to Getting Lost
  22.  Wanderlust
  23. –  The Faraway Nearby


  1. The best, the best that I have read in many a long day: Thin Paths, by Julia Blackburn – peerless nature writing that is writing about everything – people, communities, history, memory, the passage of time in a landscape. And she finds that oh-so-difficult balance, I think, that thin path between effacing the self and allowing the self to dominate

  2. This list looks to be a wonderful resource – the genre of nature writing is relatively new to me and something I’m also interested in pursuing and absorbing. I look forward to checking some of these recommendations out.

      1. Wow,

        I just read the site on the River Dart poem by Alice Oswald and Co. What a wonderful, wonderful project and piece. It’s a blessing to read something as beautiful as this. My favorite part:


        and I find you in the reeds, a trickle coming out of a bank, a foal of a river

        one step-width water
        of linked stones
        trills in the stones
        glides in the trills
        eels in the glides
        in each eel a fingerwidth of sea

  3. Great to see Annie Dillard at the top of your list. I came to her through The writing Life, but went on to be captivated by Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood. I find myself less enthusiastic about her fiction (The Mayfields I think it’s called, a recent book), but in awe of her ability to observe and write about small events in a creek. I love her description of her local library in Baltimore, and how she came to borrow a book on life in The Field Book of Ponds and Streams.

    1. I love how she writes about nature, and I also love the things she write about writing. Somehow I’ve never managed to read her novels –

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