River, sea and countryside

The New Review section of The Observer today has a moving extract from The Fish Ladder, by Katharine Norbury, which I mentioned last week.

Blake Morrison, who will be in conversation with Norbury at the LRB Bookshop this month, has a new book out himself, a collection of poems titled Shingle Street. In The Guardian yesterday, writing about the fragile east coast of England and the pull it has for writers, he explained in prose why it’s being eaten away by the North Sea (rising sea levels and a “soft” coastline), and then, in a poem, offered another explanation.

Also in The Guardian yesterday, Helen Macdonald, whose H is for Hawk won her both the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Book of the Year Award, reflected on the books that opened her eyes to nature.

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