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Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary - Esther Woolfson
Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary
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A beautifully written and thought-provoking record of a year spent observing the natural world in a city, which looks afresh at our relationship to the weather, the plants and the animals that live in close proximity to us. Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the... show more
A beautifully written and thought-provoking record of a year spent observing the natural world in a city, which looks afresh at our relationship to the weather, the plants and the animals that live in close proximity to us.

Field Notes From a Hidden City is set against the background of the austere, grey and beautiful northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen. In it, Esther Woolfson examines the elements- geographic, atmospheric and environmental- which bring diverse life forms to live in close proximity in cities. Using the circumstances of her own life, house, garden and city, she writes of the animals who live among us: the birds - gulls, starlings, pigeons, sparrows and others - the rats and squirrels, the cetaceans, the spiders and the insects.

In beautiful, absorbing prose, Woolfson describes the seasons, the streets and the quiet places of her city over the course of a year, which begins with the exceptional cold and snow of 2010. Influenced by her own long experience of corvids, she considers prevailing attitudes towards the natural world, urban and non-urban wildlife, the values we place on the lives of individual species and the ways in which man and creature live together in cities.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781847082756 (1847082750)
Publisher: Granta
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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BrokenTune
BrokenTune rated it
2.0 Field Notes From a Hidden City.
I don't know what it was with this book, but after reading Corvus this one just paled in comparison. Woolfson seemed to repeat some of the stories in Corvus (or at least make reference to them without further explanation) and seemed to jump all over the place. Next!
Bettie's Books
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4.0 Field Notes from a Hidden City: An Urban Nature Diary by Esther Woolfson
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