Deep Country : Five Years in the Welsh Hills, Paperback Book

Deep Country : Five Years in the Welsh Hills Paperback

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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.'Neil Ansell immerses himself in the rugged British landscape, exploring nature's unspoilt wilderness and man's relationship with it.

Deep Country is a celebration of rural life and the perfect read for fans of Robert Macfarlane's Landmarks, Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk orJames Rebanks' A Shepherd's Life.'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' CountryfileNeil 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780141049328

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While I'm not a social butterfly, I cannot imagine living 5 years with scarecely6 any human contact (or internet!). And yet, this is what Ansell chose, and his account of his 5 years as a hermit is enthralling.It's not navel-gazing, either; it's mostly about the birds, though other species do get look-ins. He noted that, over time, he "disappeared from his own narrative"- I think that's fascinating.While this is more personal than Bernrd Heinrich's books, I think it will appeal to people who like his work, especially the deeper insights into species' behavior based on long-term and curious, intelligent observation.I found it a wonderful read, with both the observations of the lives around him, and the experience of a lifestyle I could and would never manage myself.Recommended.

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