The South Country by Edward Thomas

The South Country is as a dream-map – by which I mean an act of imaginative cartography, a chart of longing and loss projected onto actual terrain’ Robert Macfarlane

Acutely sensitive to rhythms of the countryside, Edward Thomas’s lyrical, passionate, and sometimes political writing merges natural history with folk culture, and gives us a free-form record of the feelings and observations of one of the great poets of the English language. This centenary edition includes a preface by Edward Thomas’s wife, Helen, and the stunning engravings of Eric Fitch Daglish.

Read the full introduction by Robert Macfarlane

Paperback with flaps| 210 mm x 156 mm | 240 pages

Cover artwork by David Inshaw

Wood engravings by Eric Fitch Daglish


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EDWARD THOMAS was born in London of Welsh descent. He was educated at Battersea Grammar School, St Paul’s School and Lincoln College, Oxford. From 1906 he lived with his wife Helen and their children in Hampshire, where he earned a precarious living writing book reviews, biographies and volumes of essays, particularly about natural history and rural life in southern England. In 1915 he voluntarily enlisted in the Artists’ Rifles and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1916. He was killed in 1917 at the Battle of Arras, where he is buried.

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Weight350 g
Dimensions14 × 156 × 216 mm

1 review for The South Country by Edward Thomas

  1. James Smith

    Compiling a list of favourite reads, the Booktrust editor James Smith recommended our edition of Edward Thomas’s The South Country! This is the second reading list The South Country has been on in the Guardian: Robert Macfarlane chose it as his summer read.

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