Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey

Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey

by John Lister-Kaye
     
 

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"'Not a cloud in the sky' doesn't happen much round here. Too much ocean squeezes us. Clouds are to the Highlands as canals are to Venice. They belong here... Great sky-rollers crashing soundlessly ashore, thundering on to ice-shattered rocks polished smooth by the rain-wave of milions of rolling centuries. Long ago I came to the conclusion that this was once

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"'Not a cloud in the sky' doesn't happen much round here. Too much ocean squeezes us. Clouds are to the Highlands as canals are to Venice. They belong here... Great sky-rollers crashing soundlessly ashore, thundering on to ice-shattered rocks polished smooth by the rain-wave of milions of rolling centuries. Long ago I came to the conclusion that this was once hell of a place to live."

It was the Torrey Canyon oil disaster in 1967 that tipped John Lister-Kaye into becoming a naturalist and conservationist. It was a decision that led him to the Highlands of Scotland, and the derelict nineteenth-century mansion near Inverness that he turned into the world famous Aigas Field Centre.

Song of the Rolling Earth is his celebration of nature and the land that have been his home and his work for over twenty-five years. It is a powerful evocation of the turbulent human history of the Highlands and the wealth of wildlife from the magnificent landscape of mountains, forests and lochs that surround his field centre. It is a journey of personal discovery; an enchanting account that captures the hills and glens in all their glory – the brown trout in the loch, the ospreys and swifts overhead, red-squirrels and spindle-legged roe deer of the woods – and a fascinating exploration of man’s ever changing relationship with his environment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Deeply personal and perceptive . . . a wonderfully lyrical book surging with the sheer joy of nature, from Scotland's premier nature writer."  —Magnus Magnusson

"A personal, finely poetic book, an odyssey of people, places and wild things."  —Christopher Smout, Historiographer Royal in Scotland

"John Lister-Kaye's remarkable gift as a storyteller holds one spellbound. The book is a little masterpiece."  —Virginia McKenna, President of the Born Free Society

"A lyrical memoir of Highland naturalist Sir John Lister-Kaye . . . this is old-fashioned nature writing at its very best."  —Publishing News


"John Lister-Kaye establishes himself straight away as one of the finest nature writers in the language."  —Scotsman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780349117614
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,268,717
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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