Reviews

  • "A joyful, poetic hymn to spring...[by] one of our greatest living nature writers... Greenery is an education in looking at, and loving, nature… It is a lesson in how to love the world, in how to look at it, and behind everything there beats a deeper message: that spring cannot exist without winter, that life needs death to define it."

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • "A masterpiece of nature writing… No one else in the genre shows anything like Dee’s command of prose, tone, voice, pace, depth and phrasing… It’s the sort of book that, in its expressive power, its creativity, the richness of its humanity, might make the world worth saving."

    Richard Smyth, New Statesman
  • "“Nature Writing”, says the classification on the back. Partly true. He’s good at that. But leaving it there is a bit like saying that Wordsworth was a gardener and Springsteen is a harmonica player. Dee is one of our best living writers of non-fiction, and Greenery...is perhaps his best book yetIt couldn’t be more timely."

    Michael Kerr, Daily Telegraph
  • "A superb nature writerMiraculousArdent, playful, quietly subversivethis is how Dee has always written, but his originality and learning mean he never needs to resort to the devotional swooning that has always plagued writing about the non-human world… It’s a deeply affecting [ending]… The effect is like a painter’s varnish, deepening shadows but intensifying colours. You go back to the start."

    William Atkins, Guardian
  • "Greenery is as full of the sensibility and wit that marked Dee’s previous books… The prose is as sharp and agile as the beak and movements of his ‘most needed’ bird, the redstart, and the range of reference and thought is astonishing."

    Caspar Henderson, Spectator
  • "His writing is a delight, both elegant and provocative… This charming, meandering…book ends with a completely unexpected double whammy, which had me first wiping away tears and then smiling in delight. It’s a reminder that, however grim things look, there is always the freshness and rebirth of spring to look forward to."

    Constance Craig Smith, Daily Mail
  • "For a beautiful evocation of this restorative draft of a season, look no further than Tim Dee’s new book Greenerya poetic and profound meditation on the natural (and human) world encountered as he follows spring around the globe. It’ll lift your heart and take you places while reminding you that the most important things are close at hand."

    Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground, Yorkshire Post
  • "ExtraordinaryDee has an enormous aptitude for burrowing into research and then opening it out map-like over the tangible natural world… [Greenery is his] most personal and spectacular nature memoir to date."

    Irish Independent
  • "As rich and rewarding as spring itself, this book by one of our leading nature writers is a celebration of the temperate world’s most exciting season. It’s a multi-layered book, full of memories…science and poetry, history and humour. And great sadness too… This is a lifetime of springs recounted by a man in fall."

    Ben Hoare, BBC Wildlife
  • "Crammed with fascinating, horizon-expanding, life-enhancing tidbits of knowledge from a person who has spent years watching, looking, learning… Of course, as Dee fans will expect, there is blissful poetry in his proseGreenery is a portal into a deeper understanding of spring and a richer appreciation of the natural world. It is about death, life, love, planetary time: the dynamics of life on planet earth."

    Lucy Jones, Caught by the River *Book of the Month*