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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…” David Sexton, Evening Standard .

“…a fine portrait of both place and people.” The Telegraph.

“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

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.

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

“A riveting tour de force.” Omar Sabbagh

“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

“Described as a love letter to a rock, the book brings landscape to life, while binding life to geology. We’re all shaped by the landscape, and shape it. Extremely on the pulse of our times, for squeezing the experiential from the immutable, but done with such care and linguistic panache that it may become a touchstone (pun intended!) for this sort of book. Would make a great Christmas read, not too early to consider!” Oxford Today

“Lyrical and highly insightful.” John Burnside

“British poet and writer Fiona Sampson is beloved for the lyricism and scope of her writing, and Limestone Country is no exception. Turning her insightful eye toward the very ground upon which four disparate communities in France, Slovenia, England, and Israel rest, Sampson interrogates not only humanity’s relationship to the environments it inhabits but how those environments shape the way humanity relates to itself.” World Literature Today

Author: Fiona Sampson

Hardback | £15.00

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ISBN: 9781908213518

Hardback | £15.00

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Weight300 g
Dimensions127 x 178 mm

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