• Après avoir exploré les déserts et les sommets de plus de cinquante pays, voyageant au gré de sa fantaisie et de ses rencontres, Neil Ansell, pris d'une urgence soudaine, rentre à Londres, se réfugie dans un squat, avant d'accepter un poste de gardien au fi n fond de la campagne galloise, où il vit reclus. Une expérience d'extrême solitude, qui le transformera : débarrassé du brouhaha, il lui semble enfin se retrouver.
    Ermite ? Pas vraiment. Seulement le temps de réapprendre le monde. Voilà qu'il entreprend des randonnées, toujours en solitaire, sans jamais avoir de carte, jusqu'aux confins de l'Écosse - pour découvrir, au fil des routes, qu'il est en train de perdre l'ouïe -, une expérience qui s'avérera bouleversante et source d'une ouverture autre.
    Car s'il peut de moins en moins entendre, Ansell semble de mieux en mieux voir, et nous fait ainsi ouvrir les yeux, autrement.
    Un chant d'amour émerveillé à l'Écosse des Highlands, raconté avec un lyrisme intense, tenu de bout en bout. Une élégie en l'honneur d'un paradis déjà presque perdu, que la littérature continuera à nous faire entendre.

  • Deep Country is Neil Ansell's account of five years spent alone in a hillside cottage in Wales.

    'I lived alone in this cottage for five years, summer and winter, with no transport, no phone. This is the story of those five years, where I lived and how I lived. It is the story of what it means to live in a place so remote that you may not see another soul for weeks on end. And it is the story of the hidden places that I came to call my own, and the wild creatures that became my society.' 'A beautiful, translucent portrayal of mid-Wales' Jay Griffiths 'Touching. Through Ansell's charming and thoroughly detailed stories of run-ins with red kites, curlews, sparrowhawks, jays and ravens, we see him lose himself . . . in the rhythms and rituals of life in the British wilderness' Financial Times 'Remarkable, fascinating' Time Out 'A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell's rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that CS Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most-comfortable armchair and get away from it all' Countryfile Neil Ansell spent five years living on a remote hillside in Wales, and wrote his first book, Deep Country, about the experience. Since that time, he has become an award-winning television journalist with the BBC. He has travelled in over fifty countries and has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Big Issue.

  • Anglais The Last Wilderness

    Neil Ansell

    Neil Ansell's THE LAST WILDERNESS is a mesmerising book on nature and solitude by a writer who has spent his lifetime taking solitary ventures into the wild. For any readers of the author's previous book, DEEP COUNTRY, Robert Macfarlane's THE OLD WAYS or William Atkins THE MOOR.
    'A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell's rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that C.S.Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most comfortable armchair and get away from it all' Countryfile
    The experience of being in nature alone is here set within the context of a series of walks that Neil Ansell takes into the most remote parts of Britain, the rough bounds in the Scottish Highlands. He illustrates the impact of being alone as part of nature, rather than outside it.As a counterpoint, Neil Ansell also writes of the changes in the landscape, and how his hearing loss affects his relationship with nature as the calls of the birds he knows so well become silent to him.

  • The Circling Sky Nouv.

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