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This month we are celebrating nature.

Finding nature on your bookshelves

Fairview Park. Photographer: Ruth Medjber

Fairview Park. Photographer: Ruth Medjber

While we can’t say there are many benefits to being in our current situation, one of the positives is that we are all paying more attention to the natural world, thriving all around us. I have never seen so many birds and butterflies in my own garden and sometimes I find myself sitting just watching them flitting around - checking out the berries now ripening in the warm sunshine.

Many of us are finding that our minds are flitting about too. While some are devouring books, others find it difficult to concentrate and are dipping in and out of things. Some of us are keeping sane by walking and digging and planting - feeling lucky to have so many beautiful city parks around us.

Soon the libraries will begin to open up again and then the bookshops but, for now, we thought the theme of nature in books, fact or fiction, would encourage you to forage on your own bookshelves, rediscovering old favourites. Do you have a favourite novel, gardening or poetry book, or walking guide that contains beautiful descriptive passages of nature? I will be turning to Alys Fowler’s memoir Hidden Nature: A Voyage of Discovery and rediscovering my old friend, Daphne Du Maurier, who writes so dramatically about the landscape of Cornwall. If you are looking for inspiration our colleague Kate has shared the books that feed her love of the natural world.

We would love to hear about nature in the books that inspire you - it may be a garden in a novel, a line or two in a poem, a seasonal cookery book or the best guide to growing you’ve ever come across - share the title with us telling us what it means to you.

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Bernadette Larkin

Our City Our Books Project Manager

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