Limestone Country
by Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson’s love letter to limestone country – a powerful evocation of the farming, wildlife and culture in limestone landscapes across Europe and beyond.

“…I have been completely captivated by the poet Fiona Sampson’s Limestone Country, set in the Perigord, Slovenia, Jerusalem and Oxfordshire, a new way of bringing together geology, ecology and the human life these landscapes generate and sustain.” David Sexton, Evening Standard – The best summer beach reads of 2017 .

“…a fine portrait of both place and people.” The Telegraph – Best books for your summer holiday

“This bewitching little book,which might have been designed to sit prettily in a lime-washed cottage, is a long after-dinner causerie on 1,000 different topics: vegetable gardening, domestic plumbing, ludicrous peasant lore, Galilean ornithology, the National Trust and the Chicxulub extinction event. ” Graham Robb, The Spectator

“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

Author: Fiona Sampson

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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.

Limestone Country is a meditation on how people live in a landscape, how they alter it, and how the landscape shapes them. It is also a love letter to a sedimentary rock, exploring how different communities around the work are bound together by their shared geology.

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ISBN: 9781908213518

Hardback | £15.00

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Weight300 g
Dimensions127 x 178 mm


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