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The Open Air Year: an Anthology of the Seasons selected from The Times

Nature volume 130, pages 382383 (10 September 1932) | Download Citation



TO this volume of papers reprinted from the Times, Viscount Grey of Fallodon contributes a singularly happy introductory essay which in itself supplies unity or harmony to the book. There is probably little or nothing in the papers which is not already well known to epecialists in the various subjects. There are, however, many things in this book about common country objects which, as Viscount Grey points out, are not common knowledge even to dwellers in the country, and perhaps still less to that increasing body of the public which is interested in outdoor Nature. In an attractive style and with a literary charm that is in no way inferior to that of such writers and observers as Richard Jefferies or W. H. Hudson, they convey a good deal of accurate scientific knowledge which should enable the visitor to any of the places or scenes described to discover and enjoy aspects of which he was previously unaware. The book is a worthy companion to Cornish's “Wild England of To-day” or Edmund Blunden's more recent sketches, “The Face of England”.

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