The Peregrine, The Hill of Summer & Diaries
J A Baker, Introduction by Mark Cocker, Edited by John Fanshawe
The complete works of J A Baker.
Despite the association of Peregrines with the wild, outer reaches of the British Isles, "The Peregrine" is set on the flat marshes of the Essex coast, where J A Baker spent a long winter looking and writing about the visitors from the uplands - Peregrines that spend the winter hunting the huge flocks of pigeons and waders that share the desolate landscape with them.
Including original diaries from which "The Peregrine" was written and its companion volume "The Hill of Summer", this is a beautiful compendium of lyrical nature writing at its absolute best.
Such luminaries as Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Ted Hughes and Andrew Motion have cited this as one of the most important books in 20th Century nature writing, and the bestselling author Mark Cocker has provided an introduction on the importance of Baker, his writings and the diaries - creating the essential volume of Baker's writings.
". . .a literary masterpiece, one of the 20th century's outstanding examples of nature writing."
- The Independent
"The Peregrine should be known as one of the finest works on nature ever written."
- BBC Wildlife
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