Hidden Nature

  • by Alys Fowler
  • Narrated by Miranda Cook
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leaving her garden to the mercy of the slugs, award-winning writer Alys Fowler set out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham's canal network, full of little-used waterways where huge pike skulk and kingfishers dart. Her book is about noticing the wild everywhere and what it means to see beauty where you least expect it.
What happens when someone who has learned to observe her external world in such detail decides to examine her internal world with the same care? Beautifully written, honest and very moving, Hidden Nature is also the story of Alys Fowler's emotional journey: above all, this book is about losing and finding, exploring familiar places and discovering unknown horizons.

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What the Critics Say

"'I felt as if I'd paddled into a new country.' The gardening author and Guardian columnist with a distinctive memoir in which she forsakes her garden and takes to paddling Birmingham's little-used canal network in an inflatable kayak. The time and space she allows herself for nature observation - kingfishers, waterlilies, pikes, freshwater mussels and blackberries are all beautifully reflected on - is mirrored by her exploration of her internal self, particularly in the light of leaving her marriage and coming out as gay. An enchanting book which somehow manages to be both gutsy and delightfully soothing." (The Bookseller)

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A small beautiful journey of discovery

An honest book about a difficult decision. It's a memoir about coming out, about making difficult decisions and hurting people without meaning to and about finding joy in the scrappy edges of nature down on the canals of Birmingham. That makes it sound odd but it's really good and makes you appreciate look things you'd never noticed . After I'd read it I went out and bought a gardening book and one about wild flowers - it's that kind of book
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- clive

Very cleverly written.

Cleverly written. Honest and humble. Wonderful use of metaphors and images describing the nature outside to point towards the turmoil inside. Very helpful for someone on a similar journey . Thank you. r
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2017
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton