• "Britain's finest living nature writer"

    The Times
  • "Lewis-Stempel is a superb observer… he also has an original turn of phrase; colourful, but not overwrought…by the end he has shown with some flair that in the pond there are wondrous, multitudinous life forms. And curious cruelties"

    Robbie Millen, The Times
  • "Great nature writing needs to be informative, detailed, accurate, lyrical, and, above all, to instil a sense of gratitude and wonder. John Lewis-Stempel succeeds in all these things triumphantly. From amorous toads to the eye-popping mating habits of water boatmen, a magical celebration of pond life by one of our finest, most evocative nature writers."

    Christopher Hart, Daily Mail
  • "Lewis-Stempel sees and hears things others will never see and hear, and he can write about them as no one else can."

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  • "One of England's most noted nature writers ... Still Water is a scintillating mirror of ourselves."

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