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    Fishing village, Kincardinshire coast.
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    Words. Courage. Colours. Mountains. Mod culture.

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  1. The Byron/Brand comparison made me smile, Signor. Maybe a collaboration of some kind? Which section to file it though?
  2. I have ordered Sea Room today. I look forward to it immensely. Thank you so much for the recommendation, Claire. Findings by Kathleen Jamie will always be a very special book for me. I do feel that the enjoyment of a very good work on the natural world is often as rewarding as time actually spent outdoors. Both bring to mind TS Eliot's lines from "Little Gidding" - The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
  3. I spend most weekends out of doors – walking and climbing all across the Cairngorms National Park. My love of the outdoors influences my reading – without question. Amongst the Behemoths of the Robert Macfarlane trilogy, Waterlog by Roger Deakin, The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram (Thank you, Camilla) and others on my bookshelf, real and virtual, now sits a little gem of a book I recently found in Waterstones in Aberdeen. It’s not big, it’s not bold, and it probably gets elbowed by the others on my shelf when I am not looking, but it is a beautiful read. It’s ‘How to Connect with Nature’ by Tristan Gooley, published by Macmillan and part of The School of Life series of books. For me the beauty of this book is that it reaches back from the wild open spaces to the urban, even indoors to awaken a sense of the natural world. It invites you to connect in ways you may not have thought of. Well worth a look. Works relating to the natural world, to the outdoors; any further recommendations?
  4. Once resurrected from the dead and acquainted with word ...........George Gordon Byron.
  5. Two weeks ago I walked and climbed through the Cairngorms using, in part, an old droving road - Jock's Road. It brought to mind one of my favourite poems. The Way Through The Woods, by Rudyard Kipling. They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago. Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you would never know There was once a road through the woods Before they planted the trees. It is underneath the coppice and heath, And the thin anemones. Only the keeper sees That, where the ring-dove broods, And the badgers roll at ease, There was once a road through the woods. Yet, if you enter the woods Of a summer evening late, When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools Where the otter whistles his mate, (They fear not men in the woods, Because they see so few.) You will hear the beat of a horse's feet, And the swish of a skirt in the dew, Steadily cantering through The misty solitudes, As though they perfectly knew The old lost road through the woods. But there is no road through the woods.
  6. For me, Martin McDonagh - London Irish Playwright - Drama with an edge - "Someday I'll write a romantic comedy where hardly anyone gets murdered at all!"
  7. If all else fails, Taylors Auction House in Montrose may be well worth a phone call. Large scale antique book auctions take place there every second month or so. As a last resort, the answer you are looking for may be found there.
  8. Damien Rice's The Blowers Daughter comes to mind on first thought. Raw, naked and powerful.
  9. Welcome Zajchik to the forum. Perhaps not the first to mind given your criteria, ''The Outlander' by Gil Adamson may be worth considering nonetheless. Set in 1903,written with skill and flair and stretched out across a wild and unforgiving Canadian landscape, I would recommend having a cursory look if nothing else.
  10. I like very much how you left the last line of that first post. No, definitely not all alone on this (and in danger of the light going out with an axe wielding serial killer on the loose). It is very much heavy and light for me when I remember to go light. On occasion, a complete change of direction from one work to the next is a great thing to do. Now who turned out the lights? Come on, it’s not funny any more…….
  11. I had affixed a smiley to the last line of the above post. I swear I did. It must have fallen off in the posting!
  12. 'Il Postino' (1994), an Italian film directed by Michael Radford is for me a film of rare beauty, one that I can recommend without hesitation. Italy, 1950's, a world famous poet, a simple postman, the ways of love, beauty in the simple things......What are you waiting for?
  13. Thanks to each of you for taking the time to reply. The question was prompted by a recent re-read of Ghost Riders: Travels with American Nomads. I do agree that with so much out there to read, it does have to be something that resonates with the reader long after the final cover is closed. Of what I re-read, the majority happens to be non-fiction and of those that are fiction, it does tend to be older ‘classics’ such as Silas Marner, for example.
  14. As a rule, I don’t make a habit of re-reading a book until an amount of time has passed. They also have to be good enough to draw me back, of course. I would be interested to know how you all are with re-reading works. Is it something you do a lot? Have you returned more than once to read a work in its entirety? And what have you re-read the most from your own collection?
  15. You certainly rappelled from sign up to Introduction! Welcome to the forum, Dave.
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