Walking in the rain

rainjkt“If you only ever go out on sunny days, you only see half the picture,” Melissa Harrison writes in Rain: Four Walks in English Weather (Faber & Faber).

Having been born in Northern Ireland (where if you wait until “a plump” is over you’ll never get  anywhere), I knew that already, but I still enjoyed this sparkling shower of a book, in which she combines her outings across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor with weather lore, science, memoir and “a little conjecture”.

Try it: it’s a book that makes you want to be out in the wet.

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