Hidden Nature by Alys Fowler

September 19, 2018

4 / 5 stars.


Nominated for the Wainwright Prize.


This book was our Book Group Choice at Crediton Community Bookshop.


Alys Fowler, who writes a column for the Guardian, is also an adventurer and has been since a child. This adventurous nature takes her on a journey through the waterways of Birmingham but also takes her through a personal journey as she sets off in her inflatable kayak.


I really enjoyed the descriptive nature of the book especially learning about the History of the Canals and the writing about the nature that she encounters on her travels. Throughout the book Alys’s life changes dramatically and she writes emotionally and in detail about the breakup of her relationship and the embarking of a new life. Which is interweaved with her journey’s in her boat.


I read very little non- fiction, but this was an easy read and interesting with plenty of detail to keep the reader interested. For me, Alys’s writing about gardening and nature was the part that stood out and I will look for more of her books regarding her gardening.

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