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Melissa Harrison

The first book to be published by Faber in association with the National Trust, on four walks in the rain in Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor.

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A wonderful meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison.

Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves differently, and over time the terrain itself is transformed.

In Rain, Melissa Harrison explores our relationship with the weather as she follows the course of four rain showers, in four seasons, across Wicken Fen, Shropshire, the Darent Valley and Dartmoor.

Blending these expeditions with reading, research, memory and imagination, she reveals how rain is not just an essential element of the world around us, but a key part of our own identity too.

Critic Reviews

Rain is that rare and delightful thing, nature writing that entertains as it informs.

Tristan Gooley, author of The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs
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James Rebanks, author of A Shepherd's Life
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Rain is a beautiful little book. Melissa Harrison offers us the simple pleasure of being outside, and the less obvious pleasure of being outside in the rain. In her company, informed both by a deep knowledge of the natural world and an abiding love for it, that pleasure becomes revelatory.

Philip Marsden, author of Rising Ground
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Melissa Harrison . . . is a refreshingly measured companion with a quick eye for the details which make rain a pleasure . . . This conversational book embraces a diversity of observation and natural history.

Horatio Clare, Daily Telegraph
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Harrison is the perfect walking companion: informed, inquisitive and insightful with a way of conjuring the natural world on the page that, at times, verges on magical.

Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground
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Acutely observed and lucidly written, this book restores rain to its proper place in the national affections.

Jean Sprackland, author of Strand

Melissa Harrison is a nature writer and columnist for The Times, the Weekend FT and the Guardian. Her debut novel Clay (2013) won the Portsmouth First Fiction Award and was chosen by Ali Smith as a Book of the Year. Her second novel, At Hawthorn Time, was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award and was longlisted for the 2016…

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