How to See Nature
PAUL EVANS, PAVILION BOOKS , £16.99
This series of highly scientific yet lyrical encounters with nature is a talisman for our ‘environmentally anxious’ era of losses. From the richness of sand martins who inhabit sands as unstable as our times, to intimate meetings with orb-weaver spiders, “adorned in the extra-terrestrial glow of their pearl diadems”, Evans moves us from concern to inspiration, blending close observation and revelation with characteristic passion and accuracy. We learn that ravens are undertakers, and that nightingales are ventriloquists (singing, according to Coleridge, from their own “wanton tipsy joy”). The ordinary becomes extraordinary, written with a heart-lifting mixture of literary and personal insights.