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In Pursuit of Spring
by Edward Thomas

The journey of the great poet by bicycle across the southern counties of England in the Spring of 1913, now published for the first time with his photographs taken on the journey.

NB: This book is now reprinting, and will be available in late spring 2019. Orders will be recorded and sent when it is available again.

Author: Edward Thomas

Introduction: Alexandra Harris

Published March 2016.



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In March 1913, as the storm clouds of the Great War gathered, Edward Thomas took a bicycle ride from Clapham to the Quantock Hills in Somerset. The great poet recorded his journey with photographs and in notebooks, later publishing In Pursuit of Spring, a book now considered his best work of prose.

Edward Thomas is not known for his photography but these prints, hidden deep in the archives for many years, record meticulously what he saw – through Guildford, Winchester, Salisbury, across the Plain, to the Bristol Channel – combine with the poet’s thoughts and feelings into a brooding elegy for a world now lost. Little Toller is delighted to have discovered these photographs and to be able to publish them for the first time.

Introduced by Alexandra Harris, the acclaimed author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns, Little Toller’s new edition of In Pursuit of Spring includes over fifty photographs taken by the poet en route.

In 2014, to commemorate the centenary of In Pursuit of Spring, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series in which the presenter Matthew Oates followed Thomas’ steps. This edition with the author’s photographs will be widely reviewed and undoubtedly find a whole new audience for Edward Thomas.

Edward Thomas (1878-1917) was an important poet, essayist and novelist. Possibly best known for his poem Adlestrop, he is now regarded as a pre-eminent figure in rural and landscape writing. He was killed at the Battle of Arras, where he is buried. Little Toller also publishes The South Country.

Alexandra Harris is the author of Weatherland, Modernism on Sea, Virginia Woolf and Romantic Moderns, which won the Guardian First Book Award. She recently presented a Radio 4 series on Virginia Woolf’s walks. She lectures at Liverpool University.

Book Location: the southern counties of England, Clapham, Dorking, Guildford, Farnham, Alton, Winchester, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Shepton Mallet, Glastonbury, Bridgewater, Wells, Watchet.


Introduced by Alexandra Harris

216 x 156mm Sewn Paperback with flaps
200 pages with Photography by Edward Thomas