The unique beauty of the British countryside has been celebrated down the ages in music, poetry, and art. It has also been celebrated in countless private diaries. This delightful treasury gathers together the very finest - from Rev Gilbert White's journal of life at his famous home in Selborne to Beatrix Potter's holiday diaries from Perthshire. Elsewhere, the thoughts of Dorothy Wordsworth and John Fowles rub shoulders with the words of Queen Victoria, Siegfried Sassoon and Roger Deakin.
Together, these private records, which have been arranged as a diary of the calendar year, paint a rich and surprising portrait of a landscape and a life we think we know so well.
Alan Taylor is a journalist and is currently the Editor of the Scottish Review of Books. Formerly, he worked for The Sunday Herald, Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman, where he was Managing Editor. In an earlier incarnation he was a reference librarian. He is the co-editor of two other anthologies: The Assassin's Cloak and Those Who Marched Away (both published by Canongate).