Landfill by Tim Dee (paperback edition)
‘An important and entirely brilliant book…an absolute triumph.’ Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk.
‘A startling and truly original book.’ Richard Holmes
‘A true zoological and anthropological classic.’ Charles Foster
The unlikely stars of Landfill are gulls. No, not seagulls. Gulls. Over the past century gulls have been brought ashore by modernity, living in our slipstream, following trawlers, ploughs and now rubbish trucks. They are more our contemporaries than other birds, living their wild lives in towns and cities, grabbing a bite where they can. Our story is theirs too. In Landfill, Tim Dee follows gulls to rubbish dumps, meets gull-watchers, discovers ancient poets, Victorian novelists and learns how gulls continue to tell us how the wild can share our world, if we’d only listen.
The book is illustrated with sketches by Greg Poole, who died shortly after the hardback publication.
Tim Dee is a broadcaster and the author of Four Fields, The Running Sky, Greenery and is the editor of Ground Work. He was a contributor to the anthologies Cornerstones and Arboreal, both published by Little Toller.