Conservationist and naturalist John Lister-Kaye, founder of the Aigas Field Centre, writes about his life in the glens, the wildlife that surrounds him and the primeval magical exchange that takes place between man and nature once so central to ancient civilisations. He describes finding the ruined nineteenth-century estate that is to become Aigas, taking it over and turning it into a going concern as an Educational Centre, and his own personal motivation, following the Torrey Canyon oil spillage and natural disasters in the 1960s, to become a conservationist. Interspersed within the narrative detail are engaging and enlightening descriptions of flora and fauna. John Lister-Kaye carries the reader very effectively into the minute worlds he observes and backs up keen scrutiny with facts and figures.
SONG OF THE ROLLING EARTH is a notably entertaining and enlightening addition to the canon of naturalist writing that includes Gavin Maxwell's RING OF BRIGHT WATER, Henry Williamson's TARKA THE OTTER and the works of Gerald Durrell.
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This is a special book. The author lives in Scotland in an old mansion he saved from demolition. He runs it as a study centre for nature and the environment for guests from all over the world. But this is no autobiography; rather it is one man's quest for knowledge in an upliftingly beautiful place in the Highlands of Scotland. It is beautifully written with a gentle, elegeic feel and a sure touch with the wildlife and other descriptions of nature he leads the reader into. The thesis of the book is insight - how we have lost it and how he has found it, and his insight conundrum is the name he gives to his endelss search for a sense of belonging. It is a book for keeping and re-reading over and over.