David: The creaturely subjects of Devin Johnston’s collection of essays are the apparently commonplace animals he encounters on his walks through a local park – starlings, mice, dogs, owls. But, by combining a keen sense of the strangeness of the other beings that share our planet with a gift for conveying that strangeness in prose of often startling beauty, he has produced a book that deserves to be held up as a model for how to write about animals. ‘Modest, calm, and beautiful in its movements of thought as much as in its turn of phrase, this is an exceptional book and one I felt lucky to have read’, writes Robert Macfarlane.
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Published by Turtle Point Press
10 August 2009