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Rain: four walks in English weather

Rain: four walks in English weather

Harrison, Melissa, 1975- author; National Trust (Great Britain), associated with work

Almost every day, as natural and inevitable as breathing, weather fronts form, clouds gather and rain falls, changing how the English countryside looks, smells and sounds and the way the living things in it behave. It alters the landscape itself, too, dissolving ancient rocks, deepening river channels and moving soil from place to place. Rain is co-author of our living countryside; it is also a part of our deep internal landscape. Complain as we may, it is as essential to our sense of identity as it is to our soil. In 'Rain', she blends these expeditions with reading, research, memory and a little conjecture in order to follow the course of four rain-showers as they pass over English soil

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Faber & Faber, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Melissa Harrison
ISBN: 0571328946, 9780571328949
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Note: At foot of title: National Trust.
Note: Originally published: 2016.
Physical Description: xv, 104 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: England Description and travel.; Travel and Tourism.; Rain and rainfall England.; Country life England.; Landscapes England.

Author note

Melissa Harrison writes a monthly Nature Notebook column in The Times. Her debut novel Clay (2013) won the Portsmouth First Fiction Award and was chosen by Ali Smith as a Book of the Year. Her second, At Hawthorn Time, was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award. It was one of A. S. Byatt's Summer Reads in the Observer, and a Book of the Year for 2015 in the Telegraph. She lives in south London.


"Rain is a fascinating exploration, a celebration and a meditation on that curiously English obsession." - Observer

"Rain is a beautiful little book. Melissa Harrison offers us the simple pleasure of being outside, and the less obvious pleasure of being outside in the rain." - Philip Marsden, author of Rising Ground