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Two outstanding new nature books

Posted on 19 May 2016 - 16:39

Today sees the publication of two fantastic new titles: Summer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons edited by Melissa Harrison, and Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by Lucy Jones

The second book in the stunning Seasons series of anthologies published in partnership with the Wildlife Trusts, Summer features new contributions by Simon Barnes, Michael McCarthy and Esther Woolfson, classic extracts from the work of Charles Dickens, Mary Webb and Philip Larkin, and diverse new nature writing from across the UK. From bestseller lists to blogs, environmental writing is flourishing, and Melissa Harrison’s bold curation serves to capture this genre at its most exciting.

In Foxes Unearthed, Lucy Jones brings us the rich and fascinating tale of one of Britain’s most loved – and most vilified – wild animals: the fox. Delving into fact, fiction, folklore and her own family history, Lucy travels the length of Britain to interview scientists, huntsmen, farmers and activists, including well-known names such as Chris Packham, Ricky Gervais and Roger Scruton. This beautifully designed, compelling narrative adds a depth to the often contentious debate on foxes, asking what the British attitudes towards the red fox say about us – and, ultimately, our wider relationship with the natural world.

Look out for both of these gems in the national media in the coming weeks!

Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons out today!

Posted on 18 Feb 2016 - 14:09

We at Elliott & Thompson are proud to announce that today sees the publication of Spring: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons edited by award winning nature writer Melissa Harrison.

In prose and poetry both old and new, Spring mirrors the unfolding of the season, inviting us to see what’s around us with new eyes. Featuring original writing by Rob Cowen, Miriam Darlington and Stephen Moss, classic extracts from the work of George Orwell, Clare Leighton and H.E. Bates, and fresh new voices from across the UK, this is an original and inspiring collection of nature writing that brings the British springtime to life in all its vivid glory. There will be a new book each season so this is the ideal gift as well as collectible set.

The book has been published in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts, and will help to raise funds for Wildlife Trusts around the UK. Consequently, we have had a lot of support on Twitter as well as from the blogging community already, and it is likely that you will see Spring popping up in the national media in the coming weeks.

Available from all good bookshops – get your copy now!

Here’s your chance to attend an editing skills workshop with a professional book editor

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 - 12:31

The Literary Consultancy are offering a unique opportunity to attend an editing skills workshop on the 15th of March.

Perfect for aspiring editors and writers wanting to learn about the art of self-editing, this workshop will introduce you to a practical editing skillset that you can transfer to your own work, or put towards further training in editing. Professional book editor Richard Sheehan will be running the workshop at Free Word Centre, London, 5-7pm on Tuesday March 15th and there are a limited number of bursaried places for low-income writers – so apply now!

Further information, including instructions on how to apply, is available on The Literary Consultancy website.

Seeking submissions on Summertime...

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 - 10:44

Fancy getting your writing published in a new book celebrating nature in summertime?

Summer will be published in May 2016 by Elliott & Thompson in conjunction with The Wildlife Trusts. The book will capture the changing season through different pieces of nature writing, describing, for example, the lifecycles of flora and fauna, startling moments of transition, seasonal change in cities and gardens, wildlife experiences that epitomise a point in the year or the shifting patterns of country life. Summer will include a collection of writing, old and new – including specially commissioned pieces, extracts from classic works, and lesser-known historical material – threaded together to mirror the unfolding of the season.

The first book in the series, Spring, is out in February, and Autumn and Winter will follow later this year, the seasons progressing from the beginning of each book to the end, where the next book starts.

The Wildlife Trusts and Elliott & Thompson would like to invite submissions for pieces of 800-1200 words describing one element of summertime in the UK – whether on a Wildlife Trust nature reserve, or a personal experience from elsewhere. Submissions for Autumn and Winter are also welcome.

Deadline for delivery of finished pieces for Summer: 14 February 2016
Please email expressions of interest to: Jennie Condell jennie at eandtbooks dot com

E&T author Lucy Jones awarded Roger Deakin Award!

Posted on 22 Dec 2015 - 11:03

We are proud to announce that author Lucy Jones has been awarded the Roger Deakin Award for upcoming Elliott & Thompson title Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain!

Awarded by The Society of Authors, the Roger Deakin Award assists writers with research costs – and Lucy is in fine company here! Previous winners include Helen Scales (Spirals in Time), Caspar Henderson (The Book of Barely Imagined Beings), and Rob Cowen (Skimming Stones and Other Ways of Being in the Wild).

In Foxes Unearthed, Lucy Jones investigates the truth about foxes in a media landscape that often carries complex agendas, holding perceived wisdom and myths up to the microscope of modern science. This beautifully designed, compelling narrative adds a depth to the often contentious debate on foxes, asking what the British attitudes towards the Red Fox say about us – and, ultimately, our wider relationship with the natural world.

Foxes Unearthed is out on the 14th of April 2016 – preorder your copy here!

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