Author(s): Powys, Llewelyn,
Date of Publication: 31/12/2007,
Pagination: 160 pages,
Series: 20th Century Architects,
Imprint: The Sundial Press,
Published By: The Sundial Press,
Book Classification: South West England, Literary essays
'Consider the glow, the glory of being alive, the incredible chance of it! How heart-piercing, how shocking, how supremely beautiful is this unexplained, wavering movement that troubles all that is, from the Milky Way to a common sting-nettle!'
The arrangement of the essays in this collection suggests a sort of tour of Wessex, covering as they do a wide range of places and topics, from Corfe Castle to Lyme Regis, from Cerne Abbas to Studland. But this is no mere tourist handbook, rather an ideal companion to one.
Powys was a wonderfully observant writer, whether contemplating the delicate imprints of deer hooves in the parklands of Sherborne or aerial battles between ravens and falcons, or recalling the pantaloon trousers of his grandfather at Stalbridge Rectory carrying primroses for his wife or the round shining belly of a kitchen kettle that Thomas Hardy said was his earliest memory.