A fascinating blend of nature writing and journalism that investigates the history, folklore and mythology associated with the weather.
We all love to talk about the weather and literature, art and music all show the rituals and customs established in response to the seasons. But things seem to be changing. Frogspawn in November? Wildfires rampaging across the northern moors? Joe Shute has travelled all over Britain discovering how our seasons are warping, causing havoc with nature and affecting all our lives.
He has trudged through the severe devastation caused by increasingly frequent flooding and visited the Northamptonshire village once dependent on hard frosts for its slate quarrying industry now forced to invest in industrial freezers due to our ever-warming winters. Even the very language we use to describe the weather, he has discovered, is changing in the modern age.
This book aims to bridge the void between our cultural expectation of the seasons and what they are actually doing. To follow the march of the seasons up and down the country and document how their changing patterns affect the natural world and all of our lives. And to discover what happens to centuries of folklore, identity and memory when the very thing they subsist on is changing for good.
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