REWILD YOUR­SELF

SI­MON BARNES, SI­MON & SCHUS­TER, £14.99 (HB)

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

Si­mon Barnes’ good-na­tured, get-out-there-and-ex­pe­ri­encethe-thrill-of-na­ture man­ual comes from a very English sen­si­bil­ity. Imag­ine CS Lewis and Ger­ald Dur­rell talk­ing to Danny the drug dealer from With­nail and I who tells them: “you have done some­thing to your brain. You have made it high”. This be­ing high on the mys­ter­ies of (wild) life, is the rewil­d­ing of your­self. The spells you need to at­tain this come from the ar­cane wis­dom of muddy-boots nat­u­ral his­tory: wear wa­ter­proofs, buy binoc­u­lars, sit still, look at stuff and learn what it’s called. Barnes keeps his thumb over the hosepipe of his knowl­edge, let­ting it out in spurts; his ex­pe­ri­ence is mixed with an evan­ge­lism to en­thuse the most tru­cu­lent na­tures­cep­tic. There is a moral tone to Barnes’ field­craft, a re­sponse to na­ture-deficit syn­drome. The point to it is the joy that can be passed on by shar­ing the thrill of spot­ting a rare bird or but­ter­fly. This is a gen­er­ous, smart self-rewil­d­ing. Paul Evans, na­ture writer

Don those wa­ter­proofs and rewild your­self this win­ter

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