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Underland
Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
The unmissable new book from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet... In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes a dazzling journey into the concealed geographies of the ground beneath our feet - the hidden regions beneath the visible surfaces of the world. From the vast below-ground mycelial networks by which trees communicate, to the ice-blue depths of glacial moulins, and from North Yorkshire to the Lofoten Islands, he traces an uncharted, deep-time voyage. Underland a thrilling new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of the relations of landscape and the human heart. 'He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation' Wall Street Journal 'Packed with stories based in geography, history, myth, gossip, legend, religion, geology and the natural world. Macfarlane's writing moves and enthrals' The Times on The Old Ways 'Irradiated by a profound sense of wonder... Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent on Landmarks
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glitterkitty459
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#currentlyreading #nonfiction

This has the most gorgeous writing for a nonfiction book 😍

Sg1224 I like the cover! 2w
keys_on_fire Like your leggings! 2w
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There is so much that we have yet to learn about that which lies beneath. This takes us on a journey from a fungi symbiosis with the forests in England and urban exploration beneath Paris, to sunken rivers in Italy and war relics of man-made wormholes in Slovenia, to the ancient sea cave paintings in Norway and melt way sinkholes left in the retreating glaciers of Greenland. Underland is the story of us; of our planet and of our impact on it.

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Lindy
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I was spellbound by this journey into what lies in the dark: in caves, mines, underground water & petroleum resources, hollow spaces quarried out under cities & made into catacombs, the depths of glaciers. Macfarlane goes to dangerous places that I only want to experience vicariously and he writes about it all so exquisitely. “A charm of goldfinches flitters away, the birds‘ high song glittering around us.” Nature writing at its finest.

MrBook Great review! 2mo
Lindy @MrBook 😘 2mo
AppuNthebooks Sounds fabulous! Adding to my TBR 2mo
Lindy @AppuNthebooks 👍😊😇 2mo
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Lindy
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Everywhere are the emerald leaves of the tiny dwarf willow. We have pitched our tent on top of a forest, I realize. We are canopy dwellers.

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Lindy
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When Chauvet Cave was found in 1994, “it contained the greatest gallery of prehistoric art ever discovered.” “Some paint palettes used to make the work more than 30,000 years previously were still on the cave floor, abandoned beneath the paintings they had helped create. The tapers used to light the chamber had been dropped where they were held, their black ash spilling across the limestone.”

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Lindy
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Macfarlane writes about a drilling rig that punctured a natural gas cavern & crashed through the desert floor in 1971. The poisonous gas fumes were ignited then & are still burning today. I had read about this earlier in Atlas Obscura because it‘s become a tourist attraction.

VioletBramble Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire since 1962. It's a coal mine fire that they can't extinguish.
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ReadingEnvy Woah and happenstance to see this as I was looking up Turkmen recipes last night for Thanksgiving! 2mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy Something flambé, perhaps? ? 2mo
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Lindy
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In Oregon […] there exists a honey fungus, Armillaria solidipes, that is 2 1/2 miles in extent at its widest point & covers a total lateral area of 4 sq miles. The blue whale is to this honey fungus as an ant is to us. The best guess that the US Forest Service scientists have been able to offer for the honey fungus‘s age is between 1,900 & 8,650 years old.

Lcsmcat 😯 2mo
Owlizabeth That was mind blowing!! 2mo
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Lindy
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Fungi & lichen annihilate our categories of gender. They reshape our ideas of community & cooperation. They screw up our hereditary model of evolutionary descent. They utterly liquidate our notions of time. Lichens can crumble rocks into dust with terrifying acids. Fungi can exude massively powerful enzymes outside their bodies that dissolve soil. They‘re the biggest organisms in the world & among the oldest. They‘re world-makers & world-breakers.

Lindy (Macfarlane is quoting mycologist Mervin Sheldrake in the passage above.) 2mo
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Cosmic ray muons are noise. If you wish to listen for sounds so faint they may not exist at all, you can‘t have someone playing the drums in your ear. To hear the breath of the birth of the universe, you must come below ground to what are, experimentally speaking, among the quietest places in the universe.

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Lindy
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The Knud Rasmussen glacier is a body of ice so great that it makes its own weather. The glacier is invisible the afternoon we arrive, concealed by a bank of fog that runs the full span of the fjord, a mile or so wide but only a few hundred yards high. Above the fog is blue sky, below it is blue water, and behind it is blue ice.
(Internet photo)

Aimeesue Reading this now - so fabulous! 2mo
Lindy @Aimeesue I‘ve just now finished it. The first thing I did was a big sigh of contentment. Loved it. 2mo
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Lindy
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The description in the tagged book of David Nash‘s living art installation “Ash Dome” sent me down an Internet rabbit hole. Photo source: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/05/ash-dome-david-dash/

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Lindy
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The Anthropocene compels us to think forwards in deep time, and to weigh what we will leave behind, as the landscapes we are making now will sink into strata, becoming underlands. What is the history of things to come? What will be our future fossils? […] The Anthropocene asks of us the question memorably posed by the immunologist Jonas Salk: ‘Are we being good ancestors?‘

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Lindy
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We find speaking of the Anthropocene difficult. It is, perhaps, best imagined as an epoch of loss—of species, places and people—for which we are seeking a language of grief and, even harder to find, a language of hope.

(Internet image: https://anthropocenejournal.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/fossils-from-the-anthropoce...)

merelybookish I just finished this book last week. So many great passages! 2mo
Lindy @merelybookish I keep stopping to reread and enjoy passages but now I have to step up the pace so that I can get it returned to the library in time. 😬 2mo
merelybookish @Lindy I understand! I listened to it as well (on normal speed) and thought how I'd like to get a hard copy to revisit some sections. There's a lot to take in! 2mo
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Lizpixie He‘s fantastic isn‘t he? I have this one plus Holloway & The Old Ways. I really want his The Lost Words & his new one Ness. 2mo
Lindy @merelybookish 👍 If I was listening to this in audio, I can tell that it‘s one for normal speed, not my usual 1.25. 2mo
Lindy @Lizpixie I hadn‘t heard about Ness. I just looked it up and it sounds wonderful! Lost Words is a treat for all ages. I loved The Old Ways and 2mo
Lizpixie You should read Holloway. It reads like a love letter to old England. It‘s beautifully written. 2mo
Lindy @Lizpixie I believe you. Everything he writes is beautiful. ❤️ 2mo
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Neil brakes the van to a halt in a swirl of dust, jumps out, cracks a fat flake of potash off the tunnel wall and hands it to me. It is pink as meat and flecked with silver mica. It is surprisingly light, almost buoyant in the hand.
‘Lick it,‘ says Neil. It fizzes on my tongue. It tastes of metal and blood. I want to eat it all.

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Lindy
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From the 1800s the quarry voids were put to a new use as mushroom fields: damp and dark, they provided the perfect growing spaces for fungi, which sprouted from rows of horse manure. Adaptable quarrymen made a career move into mushroom farming, and a subterranean Horticultural Society of Paris was founded, its first president being a former inspector of the mines.

readordierachel Mushrooms can be so beautiful 🍄 2mo
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Lindy
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We are part mineral beings too—our teeth are reefs, our bones are stones—and there is a geology of the body as well as of the land. It is mineralization—the ability to convert calcium into bone—that allows us to walk upright, to be vertebrate, to fashion the skulls that shield our brains.

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The burial chamber, the gravestone, the hillside on which ashes have been scattered, the cairn: these are the places to which the living can return and where loss may be laid to rest. The grief of those who have been unable to locate the bodies of their loved ones can be especially corrosive—acid and unhealing.

[This quote reminds me of the Argentinian novel, The Remainder.]

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Aimeesue
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Just starting this one. I love that cover.
Strange, but this is the second very recent release I've read in a row. Very unusual for me. Huh.

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Lindy
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These creatures once built their skeletons and shells out of calcium carbonate, metabolizing the mineral content of the water in which they lived to create intricate architectures. In this way, limestone can be seen as merely one phase in a dynamic earth cycle, whereby mineral becomes animal becomes rock; rock that will in time—in deep time—eventually supply the calcium carbonate out of which new organisms will build their bodies […]

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Lindy
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We are often more tender to the dead than to the living, though it is the living who need our tenderness most.

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Lindy
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A fourth of the way into Underland, my list of rare vocabulary is already too long for a Litsy post. Words show the shift between chapters from caving (gryke, clint, swallet, adits, kist, blebs) to mining & particle physics (flowstone, ringwoodite, apotropaiac, gruffy, ruckle, halite, sylvite, fissile, aragonite, baryonic, muons, paramoudra, ling) to woodland (hyphae, pleaching, inosculation, rhizotrons, holobionts, yaffles, mycoheterotrophs). ❤️

wanderinglynn Great photo 💚 2mo
Lindy @wanderinglynn Thanks! I took it while walking in Vancouver last month. The trees there are amazing. 2mo
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Lindy
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Perhaps we need an entirely new language system to talk about fungi … We need to speak in spores.

Cathythoughts Amazing ❤️ 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Isn‘t this mushroom adorable? There were a whole bunch of them on a hillside in Vancouver and at first I thought it was an art installation. 🍄 2mo
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merelybookish
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MacFarlane explores the underland, the places beneath our feet and in our imaginations, where treasures are hid and secrets disposed. He goes beneath cities, through mines, into caves, and down holes in the ice. It is a fascinating and beautiful journey, even as it becomes clear how nothing remains in the underland forever, especially as our climate shifts. Inevitably the #future of the planet becomes part of this story, too.
@Cinfhen #MOvember

Cinfhen Sounds really fascinating 2mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! 2mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen It was! Dense at times but really interesting! He weaves so much today! 2mo
merelybookish @Emilymdxn Me too! Have you read any of his previous books? 2mo
Emilymdxn Yes I‘ve read the old ways and lost words both of which were fantastic! 2mo
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merelybookish
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Reading an amazing chapter on the history of the Paris Catacombs.
#TIL cataphile - a person who likes to explore, make art, party and/or inhabit the Catacombs
Catacop - the police trained to enforce the laws in the Catacombs. #nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388
And today I surpassed 100,000 litfluence (which I know doesn't matter 😉).🎉🎉 Still, kinda fun. Thanks everyone! 😘

readordierachel Catacop makes me think of a cat in a police outfit 😆 2mo
Soubhiville Nice! Congratulations! 2mo
vivastory Congrats on the milestone! Celebrate responsibly, otherwise you'll find yourself in trouble with 😺👮🚓 2mo
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Bklover Congratulations on your milestone!!! 2mo
Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 on your milestone 💫 2mo
batsy A deserved milestone! 🎉 This calls for a party in the catacombs! (I'm mildly claustrophobic but also eternally fascinated with them) 2mo
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, must avoid that! 😀 2mo
merelybookish @Soubhiville @Bklover @Daisey Thank you! Love hanging out with all you kind, fun Littens! 2mo
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😘 Your emoji use is on point! 😀 2mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! I'm good on the Catacombs. Fun to read about. No need to visit! 😯But maybe someday we'll get that Litsy dance party! 💃 2mo
veritysalter I had a fantastic afternoon in the Paris Catacombs, there is real beauty in the displays, and a quietness that is fitting. ☠️ I want to visit Sedlec Ossuary in Prague next. 2mo
Clwojick 4pts. AND congratulations!!!! 😍 2mo
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merelybookish
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Something new on audio. It's good so far! A fascinating mix of nature, science and culture.
#TIL: A ruckle is a space created by a bunch of boulders.
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 That's cool 4 pts 2mo
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HardcoverHearts
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And here is my bounty of book possibilities for Nonfiction November reading!

Maude I just finished Underland and it was quite interesting :) 3mo
merelybookish So many great choices...I might start with a Cusk. 🙂 3mo
batsy A fabulous stack. How to do Nothing is pretty brilliant 🙂 3mo
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HardcoverHearts @merelybookish 😂Good choice- but which one?! 😂 3mo
HardcoverHearts @batsy I‘m saving that one for Thanksgiving weekend. I think it will be a nice way to wind it down. 3mo
Simona Nice pile❣️ Mitfords are so intriguing family. Happy reading! 3mo
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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Just went to the #PNBA #bookseller trade show and brought back a #bookhaul! My favorite lucky hit was Underland which I have been salivating for...
Thank you #publishers, and Robert MacFarlane!
Books are my bag, but also my JAM!

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RowReads1
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Day 2 #7days7covers #covercrush
Both the US and UK editions have this very colorful art by Stanley Donwood on the cover. Here‘s more info on it https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2018/robert-macfarlane-working-with-artist-st... .

batsy Yes! I'm so drawn to this cover (and the book). 4mo
readordierachel I could stare at that all day! 4mo
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“‘Never again shall I celebrate such a Mass in a setting that was so closely united to the Divine Sacrament...in this vast cave we must have looked more like insects than human beings. And yet-our souls were on fire. We were so far from our surroundings, or if we sensed them at all it was because they had lost something of their material quality and become vast and luminous.‘”

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I only just started this but it‘s so powerful already and I‘m mad I didn‘t buy a copy instead of borrowing it from the library. I feel like I need to cherish this magical object.

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“The same three tasks recur across cultures and epochs: to shelter what is precious, to yield what is valuable, and to dispose of what is harmful.
Shelter (memories, precious matter, messages, fragile lives)
Yield (information, wealth, metaphors, minerals, visions)
Dispose (waste, trauma, poison, secrets)

Into the underland we have long place that which we fear and wish to lose, and that which we love and wish to save.”

Booksnchill Loved this book 5mo
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Booksnchill
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Just finished the audiobook of this and find out it just won the Wainwright Prize. It is an exploration by Macfarlane of “what lies beneath”. From the forest underlayers of fungus to the cave systems of France and the icefields of Greenland. What a wonderful way to explore the natural world and the perils we are facing. Beautiful and somewhat claustrophobic- evocative of a vast universe and our small part but big impact. 5⭐️

Booksnchill @britt_brooke 2 - 5⭐️ reads this year! 5mo
britt_brooke 🤣👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Booksnchill Correction- not read by author but felt like it! 5mo
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Mitch
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It was a fab shortlist ... and a well deserved winner 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Karkar Love the cover 😍😍 5mo
sudi This one has been on TBR since i saw it in the ShelfAwareness email. But the ebook is too pricey, and i can't afford it right now. I'll wait till there is a sale or an offer or something 😕 5mo
Mitch @sudi now it‘s a ‘winner‘ I‘m sure the deals will flow 🤞🏼 5mo
Mitch @Karkar it‘s beautiful isn‘t it ? 5mo
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MacFarlane lets us tag along as he explores the vast world beneath our feet (the catacombs of France, ancient cemeteries, mines where dark matter is studied, Bronze age Norwegian cave art, etc..) complete with the many engaging characters who inhabit and explore this world. His enthusiasm for the beauty of these parts of the earth, that so few of us will ever see, makes this a real pleasure.

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Booksnchill
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Bought this one on audio and it is a fascinating non fiction work by a master. To quote the NYRB “The nerve center of his book is our relationship to the subterranean Earth in “deep time”. Wonderful narration and full of wonders- both I and Colin Thubron of the NYRB highly recommend it!

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Loving this one.

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RowReads1
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Emilymdxn
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I always love Robert Macfarlane and this was no exception! I had never thought in detail about humans‘ relationship with the idea of ‘underground‘ before but there were so many layers and aspects of it. This had a lot of what I was hoping Sapiens would give me but didn‘t - a lyrical look at humanity in the context of huge timeframes. Inspiring too in terms of climate change and the idea of trying to be a good ancestor

Redwritinghood Just finished it yesterday and loved it, too. 7mo
Emilymdxn @RedWritinghood great to see it getting the love it deserves! 7mo
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Redwritinghood
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Wonderful book! The writing is fantastic. It‘s lovingly descriptive and deeply contemplative. The author explores the spaces deep within the Earth for what they say about the Earth‘s long past and what it might mean for our future. His descriptions of exploring arctic ice and what the deepest levels may have locked within them was my favorite part. 5⭐️ #hoopla

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Added this 488 page #Nonfiction look at the world beneath our feet to my #TBR stack.
#GreenvilleSC

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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Yeah, MacFarlane is a genius and I‘ve found a new permanent resident author for my staff picks shelf in our bookstores! 🤓📚❤️

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Briary
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My current reads. I'm finding McFarlane absolutely fascinating. The writing is beautiful, that goes without saying, but it is a surprisingly dark book, with current themes. And I am in love. Even though I get a bit claustrophobic at times.

Good Omens and The Strange Case of the Alchemist Daughter are both loved rereads.

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CJEskriett
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We are often more tender to the dead than to the living, though it is the living who need our tenderness most

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CJEskriett
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This whole book is WONDERFUL

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt8 The final mail from last week is a preorder from Waterstones. A signed copy of Robert MacFarlanes new book,it‘s Speculative Non Fiction.A sequel to The Old Ways, his work about the ancient paths that cross Great Britain,this delves deeper into the past & further across the earth. From prehistoric art in Norway‘s sea caves,the catacombs beneath Paris & the deep place where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000yrs.Well worth a read.

Emilymdxn Oh wow this looks amazing! I love his books I need to get this one 8mo
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Briary
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Also I have a mighty need to have this.

"an epic exploration of the Earth‘s underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself."

Gimme!?

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Mitch
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https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/may/how-robert-macfarlane-documented-und...

Super interest article featuring the travel notebooks that Robert Macfarlane used when writing his new book.

kathedron Love this! ❤ 9mo
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Oryx
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For your tote collection @mitch

Mitch Perfect! Thanks for the heads up - I do ❤️a matching book and tote! 9mo
jhod Oooh so tempting! Sorry I missed your birthday 🎂 hope you had a good one and will pop something to you now! X 9mo
Oryx @jhod oh don't worry, you don't need to send me anything. Hope you have a lovely long weekend! 9mo
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