On the Marshes Paperback by Carol Donaldson

“…Donaldson makes a delightful and refreshingly unconventional guide.” Ben Hoare, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Book of the Month

“…exquisite nature writing, a profoundly honest memoir and a wonderful portrait of people and places at the very edge of things.” New European

What would happen if you decided to live simply within your means in a caravan or a cabin in the woods? It’s a question for our times. When Carol Donaldson walked across the marshlands of north Kent, travelling from Gravesend to Whitstable, she was still coming to terms with being evicted from her home and the break-up of a long-term relationship. What begins as a walk away from her troubled past becomes a journey of self-discovery, a pilgrimage in search of people who have chosen to live on the edge of England in this lonely, beautiful waterland. She meets plot-holders, houseboat owners and cabin dwellers who are all drawn to the watery margins by an urge to escape the expectations, comforts and costs of twenty-first-century life.

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Paperback | 225mm x 150mm | 258  pages

Jacket artwork by Ffiona Lewis

This book is reprinting and will be available again in early 2024.



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Carol Donaldson is a writer and conservationist. Originally from Essex, she left Britain at nineteen and lived in a trailer while she helped to build houses for Native Americans in Canada. Since 1996 she has worked in wildlife conservation; on the Thames Chase Community Forest, as assistant warden for College Lake reserve near Tring, and running practical conservation volunteer groups to improve Kent’s rivers. She lives near the Medway River in Kent, from where she writes and freelances as an environmental consultant. On The Marshes is her first book.

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Weight400 g
Dimensions400 × 30 × 215 mm


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