A pleas­ant land

Alexan­dra Hen­ton dis­cov­ers the joys of jam mak­ing, wild­flow­ers, Eng­land’s verse and our sport­ing past

The Field - - MOTORING -


The sum­mer is the time of year when you can be like Ratty and Mole: feast and have fun. It is when the glo­ri­ous English land­scape grants the out­door en­thu­si­ast the per­fect back­drop to foster a bit of lyri­cism.

Wax­ing lyri­cal about mead­ows, hedgerows and sub­lime English coun­try­side is made all the eas­ier with

Jane Mc­mor­land Hunter’s edited se­lec­tion of English po­ems. Delve into one of the 10 sec­tions and you will be trans­ported through this realm, via the shires, lords and ladies, hushed coun­try houses, pic­nic spots and po­ems on our favourite sports.

The pick of the po­ets, whether it be Kipling or Plath, Shel­ley or Hous­man, are in­cluded and those rhymes you were taught by rote sit eas­ily along­side less fa­mil­iar work. The po­ems are pre­sented along­side de­light­ful vin­tage il­lus­tra­tions and the pleas­ing ty­pog­ra­phy en­sures that this book of favourites is favoured. Edited by Jane Mc­mor­land Hunter Bats­ford, £10

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