Category Archives: Reviews

Wild Frontier #10: The inaudible calls of the wild

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My latest Wild Frontier column for Prospect deals with the ultrasonic, infrasonic, ultraviolet and pheromonal messages being broadcast inaudibly and invisibly around us by other species all the time. It was prompted by a lovely evening playing a moth whispering with a pheromone lure. Full text can found on the Prospect site here, or after the fold.

This issue, I also contributed a short review of Jon Day’s new book Homing, a memoir about pigeon racing and home making: “endlessly interesting and dazzlingly erudite.” I really loved it. Find the review online here, or at the foot of this post.

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Writing for the Scottish Review of Books

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I was pleased to contribute to the Scottish Review of Books for the first time, with a review of Donald S Murray’s latest book, The Dark Stuff: Stories from the Peatlands, a fascinating mix of landscape writing, memoir and history that moves from the Highlands and Islands to the ‘midlands’ of Ireland and the peatlands of Germany, Holland and Denmark.

“A depth of appreciation comes with familiarity: his father, he says, could shut his eyes and know the exact moment the car crossed the town boundary at Stornoway, when the distinctive aroma of peat smoke switched to that of coal, and with it the urban world of pavements, shops and the English language.”

The full review can be found on the SRB site here; I’ll post it on this site after the magazine comes off newstands.

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