By most reckonings, winter begins on 21 December – the winter solstice – however in The Well-read Naturalist library, winter arrived on 26 October this year. I speak, of course, not about the season itself, rather about the fourth and completing volume of the quartet of seasonal anthologies edited by Melissa Harrison and published by Elliott & Thompson.
Robert Michael Pyle has been writing about nature for one year more than I’ve been drawing breath. And while I consider myself reasonably well-read when it comes to his published books, I know that an additional and significant portion of his writing has seen print in a host of different periodicals, anthologies, and in introductions to the books of other writers.
Brilliant. Thoughtful. Heartening. Reflective. Inspirational. Fortifying. Delightful. Amazing. Gentle. Magical. Enthralling. Transformative. Relaxing. Beautiful. These are only some of the words I have already used in conversations, both in person and virtual, to describe Melissa Harrison’s superb (there’s another…) Autumn: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons.