Twelve Words for Moss

Twelve Words for Moss

Summary

A SUNDAY TIMES AND BBC COUNTRYFILE BEST NATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR


'Exquisite, luminous and quietly radical . . . I loved it' Lucy Jones

'A fascinating, subtle and risk-taking book' Robert Macfarlane


Glowflake, Rocket, Small Skies, Kind Spears, Marilyn . . . Moss is known as the living carpet but if you look really closely, it contains its own irrepressible light.

In Twelve Words for Moss, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett celebrates the unsung hero of the plant world with a unique blend of poetry, nature writing and memoir.

Making her way through wetlands from Somerset to County Tyrone, Burnett discovers the hidden vibrancy and luminous beauty of these overlooked places. She also takes strength from them as she recovers from her grief at her father's death. As she meditates on and renames her favourite species of moss, she finds a healing power in language, and draws inspiration from the resilience and tenacity of her plant - and human - friends.

'Burnett stretches the limits of prose, infusing it with poetic intensity to create a powerful, original voice' Guardian

Reviews

  • Twelve Words for Moss is a fascinating, subtle and risk-taking book; its remarkable opening pages in particular dis-orient and re-orient the reader, readying us for the forms of attention-giving to the overlooked and undersung world of mosses which the rest of the book beautifully practices. Poetry, descriptive-evocative prose, memory, memoir, natural history and more all drift and mingle in strikingly new ways in Burnett's book, down at the "boundary layer" where this ancient, modest life flourishes so generatively
    Robert Macfarlane

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Elizabeth-Jane Burnett

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