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The Seasons : A Celebration of the English Year - Nick Groom

The Seasons

A Celebration of the English Year

eBook Published: 21st November 2013
ISBN: 9781782392064
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For millennia, the passing seasons and their rhythms have marked our progress through the year. But what do they mean to us now that we lead increasingly atomised and urban lives and our weather becomes ever more unpredictable or extreme? Will it matter if we no longer notice, even hear, the first cuckoo call of spring or rejoice in the mellow fruits of harvest festival? How much will we lose if we can no longer find either refuge or reassurance in the greater natural - and meteorological - scheme of things? Nick Groom's splendidly rich and encyclopaedic book is an unabashed celebration of the English seasons and the trove of strange folklore and often stranger fact they have accumulated over the centuries. Each season and its particular history are given their full due, and these chapters are interwoven with others on the calendar and how the year and months have come to be measured, on important dates and festivals such as Easter, May Day and, of course, Christmas, on that defining first cuckoo call, on national attitudes to weather, our seasonal relationship with the land and horticulture and much more. The author expresses the hope that his book will not prove an elegy: only time will tell.

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Wonderful and timely

ISBN: 9781782392064
ISBN-10: 1782392068
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 21st November 2013
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Digital original