I am so very delighted to announce that from 10th October 2017 – the newest book from Matthew Oates will be available to buy at all good bookshops!!!
It is a WONDERFUL book.
From the first moment I read it I knew that Beyond Spring is a very timely and needed book – very different from many nature-writing books – and, in my opinion, a future classic.
I am not alone – see below for some of the first praise for BEYOND SPRING: Wanderings through Nature: and watch out for reviews in the national papers, and our top nature magazines in the months ahead
Matthew’s last book In Pursuit of Butterflies (Bloomsbury) has already sold over 25,000 copies in its first 2 years.
You can buy a signed copy, and meet Matthew – at Birmingham Literature Festival’s ONE-OFF event entitled “Who Needs Nature?” on 9th October: details here.
PRAISE for Beyond Spring:
Spirit yourself into spring with this wonderful book, bursting with the glories of the season and its half-forgotten friends – from grape hyacinths to brimstones to rooks. Matthew Oates is a witty and imaginative companion: poetic, subtly subversive and as elusive and fast-moving as spring itself. Beautiful and Brilliant. Patrick Barkham Natural history author, and writer for the Guardian.
Great to think of people like Matthew walking the world, linking poetry, natural history and crucially, his own undiminished sense of wonder… Must be a great person to go walking with… Robert Minhinnick Poet, Author, Environmentalist, Joint founder of Friends of the Earth Cymru.
This book is a delight. Like an English summer’s day there is warmth and sparkle as well as times when clouds drift across the scene, but it is always warm and full of a deep appreciation of this earth. Matthew Oates captures the joy of life in his own, unique way and you feel enhanced at the end of every page. Mary Colwell Producer and writer specialising in Nature.
Matthew Oates is an equally enthusiastic naturalist, poet and writer of prose, with an abounding affection for his subject which shines out in every sentence of this book. It’s an exuberant celebration of the British countryside at its joyous, rampant best, interweaving natural and literary landscapes as it explores spring in some of the finest spots for wildlife… A book to savour on winter evenings when the anticipation of spring tempts us all: whether he’s describing the song of a blackbird or the scent of a garlic snail, you know you’re in safe hands. Brett Westwood Author, presenter, naturalist and consultant for Springwatch and Autumnwatch
Buy a copy and see if you agree!
Thank you, thank you to everyone who has helped bring this book into being