Common Ground: Encounters with Nature at the Edges of Life

Common Ground: Encounters with Nature at the Edges of Life


All too usually, we predict of nature as whatever specified from ourselves, anything to head and notice, a spot that’s break free the standard sleek international within which we are living and paintings. but when we make an effort to seem, we quickly locate that’s now not how nature works. Even in our parceled-out, paved-over city environs, nature is throughout us; it truly is in us. It is us.
 
That’s what Rob Cowen came across after relocating to a brand new domestic in northern England. After ten years in London he used to be by surprise adrift, looking for a feeling of connection. He came across himself interested in a square-mile patch of waste floor on the fringe of city. Scrappy, weed-filled, this heart-shaped tangle of land used to be the very definition of overlooked—a completely in-between position that capitalism now not had any use for, leaving nature to take its direction. Wandering its meadows, woods, hedges, and fields, Cowen came across it was once additionally a mystical, mysterious position, haunted and haunting, deserted yet wildly alive—and he fell in involved love.
 
Common Ground is a real account of that position and Cowen’s transformative trip via its layers and lives, yet it’s even more too. because the land’s tales intertwine with occasions in his personal life—and he learns he's to develop into a father for the 1st time—the divisions among human and nature start to blur and shift. where seems to be a reflect, revealing what we're, what we’re no longer and the way these issues are finally inseparable.
 
this can be a ebook approximately researching a brand new global, a forgotten international at the fringes of our day-by-day lives, and the richness that comes from uncovering the tales and lives—animal and human—contained inside of. it truly is an unforgettable piece of nature writing, a part of a super culture that stretches from Gilbert White to Robert Macfarlane and Helen Macdonald.
 
“I am dreaming of the edge-land again,” Cowen writes. learn Common Ground, and also you, too, might be dreaming of the areas in among, and what—including us—thrives there.
 

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