Greenery

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One December, in midsummer South Africa, Tim Dee was watching swallows. They were at home there, but the same birds would soon begin journeying north to Europe, where their arrival marks the beginning of spring.

Greenery recounts how Tim Dee tries to follow the season and its migratory birds, making remarkable journeys in the Sahara, the Straits of Gibraltar, Sicily, Britain, and finally by the shores of the Arctic Ocean in northern Scandinavia. On each adventure, he is in step with the very best days of the year – the time of song and nests and eggs, of buds and blossoms and leafing.

‘A joyful, poetic hymn to spring… Dee is one of our greatest living nature writers’ Observer

‘A masterpiece… I can’t imagine I’ll ever stop thinking about it’ Max Porter

‘Fascinating, horizon-expanding, life-enhancing’ Lucy Jones, author of Losing Eden

© Tim Dee 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2021

Critics Review

  • A joyful, poetic hymn to spring…[by] one of our greatest living nature writersGreenery is an education in looking at, and loving, nature… It is a lesson in how to love the world, in how to look at it, and behind everything there beats a deeper message: that spring cannot exist without winter, that life needs death to define it.

    Observer
  • This book has changed the way I think about seasons and migration, humans and birds, time and life. He is a virtuoso handler of sound, knowledge and language. It’s a masterpiece. I can’t imagine I’ll ever stop thinking about it.

    Max Porter
  • A masterpiece of nature writing… No one else in the genre shows anything like Dee’s command of prose, tone, voice, pace, depth and phrasing… It’s the sort of book that, in its expressive power, its creativity, the richness of its humanity, might make the world worth saving.

    New Statesman
  • “Nature Writing”, says the classification on the back. Partly true. He’s good at that. But leaving it there is a bit like saying that Wordsworth was a gardener and Springsteen is a harmonica player. Dee is one of our best living writers of non-fiction, and Greeneryis perhaps his best book yetIt couldn’t be more timely.

    Daily Telegraph
  • A superb nature writerMiraculousArdent, playful, quietly subversivethis is how Dee has always written, but his originality and learning mean he never needs to resort to the devotional swooning that has always plagued writing about the non-human world… It’s a deeply affecting [ending]… The effect is like a painter’s varnish, deepening shadows but intensifying colours. You go back to the start.

    Guardian

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