Greenery: Journeys in Springtime – Tim Dee
One of Tim Dee’s previous titles was Running Sky; a book that I recommended to many and which was an account of birdwatching. In this book he again takes his starting point from birds and thinking about the migration of swallows from South Africa to Europe and how their arrival there heralds the beginning of spring. He calculates that the flight of these birds northwards is approximately walking pace and that this is also the speed at which spring travels. He travels northwards trying to replicate this speed and encounters other migrations at the same time, the template allows him to finish his accompaniment of spring in northern Norway. Alongside spring he always mindful of autumn and the opposing trajectory of life that that season has.
The Guardian review of the book notes “It is a lesson in how to love the world, in how to look at it, and behind everything there beats a deeper message: that spring cannot exist without winter, that life needs death to define it.”
Hardback. 356 pages.
16cm x 24cm x 3.2cm