Reviews

  • "This is a great book: tough and funny, metaphysical and earthy, passionate and honest. Most of all, honest: not just in the sense of 'candid', but honest also in that it reveals the sheer bloody awkwardness, and the sheer awkward bloodiness, of trying to live even semi-wild these days. What might seem like a gimmick turns out to be a way of discovering a great deal about that complicated thing we call 'land'. There's also some beautiful writing about place"

    Robert Macfarlane, author of the international bestseller, The Wild Places
  • "Beautifully written. The closest thing you can get to poetry in prose"

    Paul Blezzard, Hay on Wye Literary Festival
  • "A fascinating account of each month as [John Lewis Stempel] tracks, kills and gathers what he needs to stay alive... But this is more than just a rundown of all the perfectly edible stuff out there that we tend to overlook in our everyday, supermarket-dominated lives. The Wild Life is also a meditation on survival and our connection to the land... A timely and compelling book"

    Jason Webster, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Tough, honest, funny, poetic and informative, this is an initiatory and spiritual journey. A life lesson for us all"

    Ecologist
  • "A large slice of nostalgia served up in an amusing and informative narrative"

    Manchester Evening News