A Natural Year: The Tranquil Rhythms and Restorative Powers of Irish Nature Through the Seasons


Michael Fewer
Foreword by Éanna Ní Lamhna

March 2020

A personal outdoor nature diary that tracks the extraordinary natural world all around us.


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In A Natural Year, critically acclaimed travel writer Michael Fewer celebrates the everyday wonder of Irish nature in these beautifully written diaries, observed from his homes in south Dublin and rural Waterford, in which he delights at the startling beauty and extraordinary complexity of the natural world through the tranquil rhythms of the passing seasons.

Fewer’s infectious passion for his subject simply inspires our own observation, and suggests how careful study of the natural world around us can be a sure antidote to the stresses of modern life.

At a time when it’s essential for us to understand the crisis that faces our wildlife and environment, we need to know more about the natural world around us, the treasures that are being needlessly lost, and the threat to our very way of life. A Natural Year will open eyes and hearts to a greater understanding of the world around us, and its innate beauty and fragility.

About the Author

Michael Fewer combined architecture with academia for many years before focusing on writing about history, the environment, landscape, travel and walking. Author of more than twenty books about walking and nature in Ireland and over 400 articles, he is a regular Irish Times columnist and broadcast contributor.

Praise for A Natural Year

‘From time to time I review a book which I wish I had written. But in the case of A Natural Year it is more that I wish I were the author of such a book … It is fairly irritating that Fewer is able to turn something so simple into such a superb book.’
Irish Examiner

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