Landfill by Tim Dee
A groundbreaking new book from the author of The Running Sky and Four Fields, Landfill confronts our waste-making species through the extraordinary and fascinating life of gulls,and the people who watch them. Original, compelling and unflinching, it is the nature book for our times.
“A wonderfully thoughtful and gently ironic meditation on ‘gull-life and gulling-life’, as well as our changing relationship with nature in the Anthropocene.” P. D. Smith, The Guardian
“This is a true zoological and anthropological classic. It is the best book on gulls ever written, and a challenging meditation on our place in the natural world.” Charles Foster in The Oldie
“A startling and truly original book.” Richard Holmes
“In Dee’s hands, a book about gulls becomes an exploration of the anthropocene, a meditation on the taxonomic impulse and a philosophical inquiry into waste.” Melissa Harrison, The New Statesman
“Dee pens a majestic portrait of the not-so-humble gull, a creature that is at once a graceful, soaring emblem of land-ho and a piratical scavenger.” Hilary A White, Irish Independent, Books of the Year
“Landfill is a passionate and fascinating meditation on the evolving wonder of this extraordinary tribe of birds, and on what that tribe says about us.” Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Caught by the River
“Enthralling.” The Spectator
Hardback, out now.
16 in stock (can be backordered)
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A groundbreaking new book from the author of The Running Sky and Four Fields, Landfill confronts our waste-making species through the extraordinary and fascinating life of gulls, and the people who watch them. Original, compelling and unflinching, it is the nature book for our times.
We think of gulls as pests. They steal our chips and make newspaper headlines, these animals, often derided as “bin chickens” are complex neighbours, making the most of our throw away species. In the Anthropocene, they are a surprising success story. They’ve become intertwined with us, precisely because we are so good at making rubbish. Landfill is a book that avoids nostalgia and eulogy for nature and instead kicks beneath the littered surface to find stranger and more inspiring truths.
Landfill is the compelling story of how we have worked the rest of the living world, learned about it, named and catalogued it, colonised and planted it, and filled it with our rubbish.
Illustration by Greg Poole.