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The Meaning of Geese: A Thousand Miles in Search of Home

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Nick has written widely on the natural world and our relationship with it, both in Spanish during his life in South America and in English.

His journal also has much to say about what mother nature, whose every changing detail he records, can do for a person’s mental wellbeing. Nick now lives very close to his childhood home, in a little flint cottage by a duckpond on a North Norfolk village common.While mainly fact and information focused there are some beautifully written lines throughout this and it’s a book that’s easy to read through in just a couple of sittings. That’s not to say that Acheson is not successful at painting word pictures of geese; his rich descriptions, full of food-related and sartorial metaphors, are proof of how much he revels in the company of birds. I would have welcomed more autobiographical material, and Wintering by Stephen Rutt seems the more suitable geese book for laymen. As the Covid lockdowns started, like so many people, his relationship with nature further changed and as everybody became isolated he explored the countryside looking for and learning about geese.

It is good to be made aware of how interlinked we are across the globe by migration and also by the internet so that geese experts can easily talk to one another.This diary of that time is quite beautiful in its detail of the pink-foot, brent and snow geese he watches from the edge of fields. He meticulously details the geese's arrival, observing what they mean to his beloved Norfolk and the role they play in local people's lives—and what role the birds could play in our changing world. Chelsea Green Publishing is a 100% employee-owned leading publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. The Meaning of Geese is the story of how he found purpose in a seven-month, 1,200 mile cycle journey (the exact length of the pink-footed geese’s migration).

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