Reviews

  • A subtle, moving celebration of place and connectedness . . . The Grassling brings the sounds, smells and sights of the countryside alive like few other books. Burnett stretches the limits of prose, infusing it with poetic intensity to create a powerful, original voice . . . Her prose is both sinuous and knotty, stretching language to capture what is often beyond words, while slowing down the process of reading, allowing us to savour them.

    PD Smith, Guardian
  • Exquisite . . . needs to be savoured slowly, and then read again. Burnett is breaking new ground as a mixed-heritage English/Kenyan woman connecting so deeply to the historic land of her father's family in the West Country

    Bernardine Evaristo
  • Burnett manages the delicate feat of maintaining our sense of reverence for the nebulous Anglo-Saxon romanticism..., but twins it with astute scientific nous which never strays into the esoteric. She does this with such joy that we cannot help but want to join in... a heartening read.

    Stephanie Sy-Quia, The Quietus
  • With a blend of poetry, memoir and a uniquely experimental, sensory style of nature writing, The Grassling celebrates the lusciousness of both land and language ... Ideas that might in a lesser writer have seemed whimsical are grounded by the rich layers of Burnett's prose.

    TLS
  • A wondrous, perfect thing . . . connecting time and place and spirit in an eclectic gesture of unity

    Philip Hoare
  • Follows its author into open waters around the UK, where she finds both simple pleasure and more complicated political hope

    Richard Lea, Guardian
  • Washes off the urban world

    Jeremy Noel-Tod, Sunday Times
  • This book refreshes like an icy dip, startling us from both comfort and despair

    Emily Hasler, The Poetry Review