A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes from a Small Planet by Mark Cocker


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**WINNER OF THE EAST ANGLIAN BOOK AWARDS 2019** Discover this beautiful revelatory country diary from one of the best nature writers in Britain. For seventeen years as part of his daily writerly routine the author and naturalist Mark Cocker has taken a two-mile walk down to the river from his cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads National Park. Over the course of those 10000 daily paces he has learnt the art of patience to observe a butterfly a bird flower bee deer otter or fly and to take pleasure in all the other inhabitants of his parish no matter how seemingly insignificant. In turn these encounters became literary epiphanies that are now a widely celebrated part of his work. In A Claxton Diary he has gathered some of the finest short essays that he has ever written on wildlife. They range over almost everything he can see touch or smell from the minute to the cosmic from a strange micromoth called yellow-barred longhorn to that fiercest of winter storms the ‘Beast from the East’. From the marvellous to the macabre Cocker tries to capture nature without flinching and in its entirety. Above all he reminds us that we are all just members of one miraculous family fashioned from sunlight and the dust from old stars. ‘Exquisite essential reading’ BBC Wildlife ‘A spellbinding nature diary that’s up there with the greatest’ Mail on Sunday

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Weight 362 g
Dimensions 222 × 144 × 23 mm