Monthly Archives: September 2018

New book in progress: Islands of Abandonment

tunnel-of-love-ukraineSome very exciting news: I recently confirmed the sale of my second book, which I’m currently in the process of writing. I’ll stay in the very capable hands of Arabella Pike and her team at HarperCollins’ nonfiction strand William Collins, while Emily Wunderlich at Viking Books will publish the book in the US—my American debut. The full announcement, as published in the Bookseller is below: Continue reading

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The Wild Frontier #2: Fighting your fears

My second Prospect column is out now – again, beautifully illustrated by the wonderful Kate Hazell (hire her!). It’s about sleeping alone in the woods, and facing the things that go bump in the night.

I lifted myself on to the mattress and slid the axe carefully into the gap between mattress and roof, above my pillow…I dared not imagine the sort of desperate, protracted battle in which a splitting axe might come in useful overnight. But the suggestion of it suffused the cabin anyway

Text can be found on the Prospect website here, or after the fold.

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Prospect: Twisted firestarter

The first of my monthly columns has appeared in Prospect magazine – the series is called ‘The Wild Frontier’ and will deal with all aspects of nature, wilderness and outdoor living. The brilliant Kate Hazell is producing a sequence of accompanying illustrations.

Full text on the Prospect website here, or after the fold.

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Country Diary and the jellyfish soup

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I was delighted to contribute again to the Guardian’s regular Country Diary feature, with a short postcard from the north west coast. Full text on the Guardian website here, or after the fold.

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