Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field
I’ve used my 2016 painting ‘The October Country’ as a mock-up book cover for John Lewis-Stempel’s Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field. There’s been a recent resurgence in ‘nature’ writing of late, so much so that certain book chains now have a dedicated ‘Nature’ section. A lot of it’s not very good, and for every J.A Baker there’s a fading celebrity pretending to have discovered a love of bird watching, but Meadowland is one of the better titles. The author’s genuine love for the subject is unmistakable and his prose shimmers like the air rising from the sun-baked ground on a summer’s afternoon.