8 July 2015

Devastation near Faversham – a review of Brian Dillon’s “The Great Explosion”

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Open this book at random and you might imagine it to be another example of the new nature writing. Dillon makes generous concessions to the genre, and not just in his description of the explosive ripples caused by a darting insect known as the pond-skater (helpfully identified as Gerris lacustri). Yet a stricter naturalist may still wonder when he lists so general a creature as “the woodpecker” among the birds to be found at the watery woodside to which he has brought us. Who is this unexpected guide, standing there with his old three-speed bicycle and an equally archaic Rolleiflex camera in his hand? …




I was pleased to review this book, which is definitely not just another lament for nature.

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