Limestone Country by Fiona Sampson

“Lyrical and highly insightful.” John Burnside

“She layers accounts of their pasts with piquant observations of present human experiences and her own memories. With exquisite perceptiveness she explores the way we shape, and are shaped by the places we inhabit, showing how nature isn’t unchanging, but changeable- as is our experience of it.” The New Statesman

In Limestone Country, the prize-winning poet Fiona Sampson paints a lyrical and very personal portrait of four particular limestone landscapes: a farming hamlet in Perigord, France, the Karst region of Slovenia, Coleshill, a rural parish in Oxfordshire, and Jerusalem, a limestone city which has long shaped people’s beliefs, ways of life and imagination. These stories, vital and human, are told through farming routines, snapshots of daily life and through encounters in streets and fields with wildlife and human history.

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Hardback  | 178mm x 128mm | 232 pages

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Fiona Sampson has been published in more than thirty languages. She has twelve books in translation, and has received the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia) and the Charles Angoff Award (US), and been shortlisted for the Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets. Her publications include twenty-seven volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language.From 2005-2012 Sampson was the Editor of Poetry Review; she is now Editor of Poemand Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton. She’s also a Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sampson has received the Newdigate Prize, the Cholmondeley Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, Kathleen Blundell and Oppenheimer-John Downes Awards from the Society of Authors, a number of Writer’s Awards from both the English and the Welsh Arts Councils, and various Poetry Book Society commendations. She has been shortlisted twice for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prizes. Her most recent book In Search of Mary Shelley, The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, was published in 2018 to great critical acclaim. She lives on the borders of Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire with her husband and two dogs.