This week, Mark looks back on a number of the books he’s reviewed over the past year that in one way or another have Hen Harriers or grouse shooting as at least part of their subject. Beginning with Gill Lewis’ Sky Dancer from Oxford University Press (a book with which seems particularly impressed), he moves through some others you might have already read as well as others of which you might not yet even have heard. Pop over to his blog to see the entire list, titled “Some Books,” with links to the individual review for each.
Mark has been particularly busy with his book reviewing over the past week as he’s published two new book reviews in his blog this Sunday: “Birdmania” and “A History of Birds.”
One of the things I look toward with greatest anticipation each time I visit England are the opportunities these journeys provide to indulge in a wide range of direct-from-the-farm foods. I can’t speak for what’s to be found in “the City” as I’m rarely there, but in the countryside where I generally find myself, the availability, quality, and variety of locally grown or raised foodstuffs is truly delightful.
Thus I was particularly pleased to discover this week, thanks entirely to Mark Avery’s Sunday Book Review, a new book from Elliott & Thompson that had not yet come to my attention : Charlie Pye- Smith’s “Land of Plenty; A Journey Through the Fields and Foods of Modern Britain.”
This week, Mark takes up Anna Pavord’s reflections upon the British landscape, and its changing social and artistic representations, as collected in her 2016 book “Landskipping; Painters, Ploughmen and Places” from Bloomsbury.