Taking his back-door as a starting point, Joseph Horgan sets out to explore the natural world, bringing with him the words of writers, poets, naturalists and scientists who roamed and wrote about the Irish countryside.
He observes and considers everyday sights, familiar birds and animals, in an attempt to reclaim the wonders of nature as we become increasingly alienated from it. He writes about the Irish countryside, about walking and looking, about what is being eroded by ignorance and carelessness. The books spans one autumn and one winter, framed by the departure of the swallows from the author's backyard and concluding with their return. In between, the author travels on foot or by bicycle along some quiet country lanes of 21st century rural Ireland.
Mingling his musings with references from seventh-century poetry to modern geological studies, the author encourages us to look again at nature around us and to respect and protect it. This portrait of natural riches, which we think of as our birthright, reminds us of what has been lost and what we still stand to lose if we take it for granted, deafened by man-made noise.
|Publication date||20 Apr 2010|