• "He describes beautifully the changing of the seasons and the habits of animals such as the hares that make their home in his field. The book is a superb piece of nature writing."

    Ian Critchley, Sunday Times
  • "That John Lewis-Stempel is one of the best nature writers of his generation is undisputed."

    Country Life
  • "Englightening and stylish...Readers who enjoyed the author’s last book, Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, will find much in the same vein here: a mix of agricultural history, rural lore, topographical description and childhood memories. I learned a good deal.... Lewis-Stempel is a fine stylist, adroitly conjuring scenes in which “medieval mist hangs in the trees” or “frost clenches the ground”..."

    Sara Wheeler, Observer
  • "A beautifully written paean to the countryside in all its rich diversity."

    PD Smith, Guardian
  • "A beautifully observed book, full of poetic descriptions. Brilliant and galvanising."

    Sunday Express