What: Meadowland gives an unique and intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren,the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others. Their births, lives, and deaths are stories that thread through the book from first page to last.
How: "Fascinating... books have been written about entire countries that contain a less interesting cast of characters." Tom Cox - The Observer
Who: John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His many previous books include The Wild Life: A Year of Living on Wild Food, England: The Autobiography and the bestsellingSix Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War. His most recent book,Meadowland, was nominated for Countryfile's Book of the Year 2014 and won the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015. He lives on the borders of England and Wales with his wife and two children.
Why: We have hand picked a small but growing selection of books which we hope complement the fair trade products we stock. Inspiring, engaging and educational, we hope that these books can help move forward the discussion and debate around creativity, social justice and sustainability.