UK Nature Writing


The Circling Sky

On Nature and Belonging in an Ancient Forest

By Neil Ansell

In the form of several journeys Neil Ansell returns for solitary walks to the New Forest in Hampshire, close to where he was born. With beautiful sightings and observations of flora and fauna, this is also a reflective memoir on childhood, on the history of one of the most important natural habitats, and on the Gypsies who lived there for centuries.


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About Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell was an award-winning television journalist with the BBC and a long standing newspaper journalist. He is the author of Deep Country, Deer Island and The Last Wilderness which was shortlisted for the 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer and Highland Book Prizes. He has two daughters and lives in Brighton.