As George Harrison said, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Spring is coming now, though. Really, it must be. Birds are singing. In the lane where we live, at last even the thickest of the snow drifts have melted. All along the lane wild garlic is shooting up, almost visibly, lime-green and vibrant. The natural world is calling us to be out there.
Where nature and literature meet in a bookshop – call it Natural History, Nature Writing, or whatever – is a fruitful place, packed with fine writing to make us look differently at the natural world and perhaps act differently too. This seems an appropriate time of year to recommend a handful of books, old and new, to help you think about and savour the natural world.