The Lost Spells

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What to expect

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As the nights get darker and colder, curl up with voices of hope and renewal – feel the natural world come back to life around you . . .

The Lost Spells is an audio treasure, a new collection of ‘spells’ – acrostic poetry and artwork – by writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. For those who loved The Lost Words – this is its little sister.

Captivatingly read, calling to forest, field, riverbank, ocean and also to the heart, these ‘spells’ summon back what is often lost from sight and care. From Jay to Jackdaw, Oak to Barn Owl, Silver Birch to Grey Seal, they evoke the special spirit of each plant and creature. Above all, they celebrate a sense of wonder at nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.

Across a bewitching natural soundscape by renowned wildlife recordist Chris Watson, readers Yrsa Daley-Ward, Johnny Flynn and Julie Fowlis bring the magic of both nature and language to listeners in an immersive and unique audio experience.

Praise for The Lost Words:

‘Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language’ Jeanette Winterson, Guardian

‘Breathtaking, magical… Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at’ New Statesman

‘Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty’ Observer

© Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • The poems are beautiful, insightful and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny; and together with the vivid artwork, wild creatures are brought to life. A beautiful volume sure to be treasured by nature lovers of all ages.

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  • The most beautiful and thought-provoking book I’ve read this year

    Observer on 'The Lost Words'
  • Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic and scope of language

    Guardian on 'The Lost Words'
  • A breathtaking book. Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at… Accessible and magical

    New Statesman on 'The Lost Words'
  • Gilded and glorious, one of the year’s loveliest books for all ages over 10

    The Sunday Times on 'The Lost Words'

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