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GIVEAWAY! 3 copies of ‘Into the Tangled Bank’ by Lev Parikian (The British in Nature)

5th July 2020

Giveaway! 3 copies of Into the Tangled Bank by Lev Parikian.

We are delighted to once again be working together with publishers, Elliott and Thompson!  Up for grabs are 3 copies (UK ONLY) of Into the Tangled Bank, in which the author ventures outdoors to consider the British in nature.

GIVEAWAY! 3 copies of 'Into the Tangled Bank

It’s often said that the British are a nation of nature lovers; but what does that really mean? For some it’s watching racer snakes chase iguanas on TV as David Attenborough narrates, a visit to the zoo to convene with the chimps; for others it’s a far-too-ambitious clamber up a mountain, the thrilling spectacle of a rare bird in flight.

Lev Parikian sets out to explore the many, and particular, ways that he, and we, experience the natural world beginning face down on the pavement outside his home, then moving outwards to garden, local patch, wildlife reserve, craggy coastline and as far afield as the dark hills of Skye. He visits the haunts of famous nature lovers reaching back to the likes of Charles Darwin, Etta Lemon, Gavin Maxwell, John Clare and Emma Turner to examine their insatiable curiosity and follow in their footsteps.

And everywhere he meets not only nature, but nature lovers of all varieties: ramblers, dog-walkers, photographers; loving couples, striding singles, families; kite-flyers, den-builders, grass-loungers; young whippersnappers, old codgers, middle-aged ne’er-do-wells; beginners, specialists, all-rounders; or just people out for a stroll in the sun.

Warm, humorous and full of telling detail, Into the Tangled Bank puts the idiosyncrasies of how we are in nature under the microscope. And in doing so, it reveals how our collective relationship with nature has changed over the centuries, what our actions mean for nature and what being a nature lover in Britain might mean today.


What do you love most about nature? Share your thoughts in the comments below and the first 3 names out of the hat will be a sent a copy of the book by the publisher. Closes midnight 18th July 2020. UK entries only!

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  1. User: tripfiction

    Posted on: 26/07/2020 at 10:32 am

    The winners are:

    I Like Reading


  2. User: Pete

    Posted on: 18/07/2020 at 8:11 pm

    We’re lucky to live a rural area so we’re able to watch the changes in our natural world all year round.
    I love how dramatic these changes can be.


  3. User: Maddy

    Posted on: 18/07/2020 at 1:38 pm

    I love being able to truly bathe in the nature of the woods near our house. A real multi-sensory experience


  4. User: Phill Worboys

    Posted on: 17/07/2020 at 9:53 pm

    I love how nature makes you feel calm and relaxed by just walking through trees.


  5. User: Heidi Brown

    Posted on: 17/07/2020 at 11:56 am

    I love how nature makes you feel insignificant!


  6. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 15/07/2020 at 7:39 pm

    Hello, I love how much nature is always changing and how beautiful it can be. Thank you for the chance to win.


  7. User: Andrew Hindley

    Posted on: 15/07/2020 at 1:48 pm

    Love how nature makes everything coexist together


  8. User: Mandy

    Posted on: 15/07/2020 at 5:05 am

    Am isolating still , but loving the amount of birds and squirrels that are visiting my garden . A fox popped by for a drink out of the pond yesterday, till the cat chased him off ..


  9. User: Amanda Graham

    Posted on: 14/07/2020 at 1:52 pm

    I love watching my daughter explore outdoors. It’s amazing seeing her discover flowers, bugs and leaves for the first time!


  10. User: Shane Weir

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 9:56 pm

    I love the distraction and mystery that you find on a good nature walk


  11. User: Jenny

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 4:59 pm

    For me being able to go out into nature helps with my anxiety and physical health, plus I’ve loved birds, bugs and lizards since I was very little, and that sense of wonderment on spotting something has never gone away, whether it’s a buzzard high above a field, or a little mushroom growing from a crack in tree bark. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t walk every week, just me, trees and birdsong.


  12. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 3:19 pm

    Having never been a big nature lover, for the first time during lockdown I started to notice so much more (even in the city I live in). I am now counting tree types and staring at hanging baskets on my daily walk.


  13. User: Sheena Read

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 2:41 pm

    I love seeing the new plant growth in Spring


  14. User: Karen

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 12:13 pm

    I love that nature brings us all together and is so calming. It help me to be me again when the madness of the world threatens to take over.


  15. User: El Rhodes

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 12:03 pm

    There is always a way through the woods, even if it is a Tangled path, and Lev would be the perfect person to show you the way.


  16. User: Jax Blunt

    Posted on: 12/07/2020 at 11:40 am

    I love that nature is persistent, and varied. It gives me a sense of perspective and hope.


  17. User: Clare Durham

    Posted on: 11/07/2020 at 8:04 pm

    I’ve loved the time lockdown has given me to spend with nature.


  18. User: Gem

    Posted on: 10/07/2020 at 5:41 am

    This sounds fascinating and so well timed as do many have embraced our British areas of nature so much more during this time


  19. User: Megan Kinsey

    Posted on: 09/07/2020 at 5:28 pm

    I love how are there are no expectations. You can just enjoy and be free, and really connect with beauty around you.


  20. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 09/07/2020 at 3:26 pm

    I love the variety in nature. There are just so many different types of plants, animals and other living things that I can’t help but be fascinated by them all.


  21. User: Jackie Farrant

    Posted on: 09/07/2020 at 8:39 am

    There is no better salve for the soul than taking time to ‘be’ in nature. An early morning walk surrounded by stillness, with just the sound of birdsong is surely one of the most simple, but greatest pleasures in life.


  22. User: angep1969

    Posted on: 08/07/2020 at 10:00 pm

    I love the light as it shines through trees, spotting shapes in the clouds, the sound of insects and birds chirping and tweeting and, most of all, the sense of well-being all these things give me


  23. User: Leanne Blair

    Posted on: 08/07/2020 at 2:30 pm

    I feel in tune with everything when I’m in nature. Its so calming yet so powerful. I love the colours, sounds, scents and the richness of it all.


  24. User: PAULINE HILL

    Posted on: 08/07/2020 at 11:01 am



  25. User: Mark Finch

    Posted on: 08/07/2020 at 9:06 am

    The peace and tranquility of it, and realising that life doesn’t have to be so complicated or stressfull.


  26. User: ashkrish

    Posted on: 08/07/2020 at 6:40 am

    That it provides the ideal platform for quiet contemplation…


  27. User: Katie Harmer

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 11:20 pm

    I love feeling the connection to the earth by placing my hands on trees, sitting on the grass to ground my energy and watching wildlife from insects, to animals and birds, with gratitiude deep in my heart for the beauty and majesty of the natural world around us which feeds our bellies, our spirits and our souls.


  28. User: Ellie Spider

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 10:36 pm

    I love how it can always provide you with new wonders and things to see and learn. For me getting out in nature no matter the weather also helps me to feel in a calmer mood.


  29. User: Caroline Bourne

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 9:01 pm

    I love nature because it really is a healer. It makes you appreciate the little things in life and helps you to reset


  30. User: Lisa Wilkinson

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 8:41 pm

    Walking amongst beautiful trees, listening to bird singing


  31. User: Carole Nott

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 2:58 pm

    I love observing the new lives on ponds in the spring – especially moorhens and swans


  32. User: Rich Tyler

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 11:30 am

    Seeing life thrive infront of your eyes


  33. User: Solange

    Posted on: 07/07/2020 at 1:21 am

    A beautiful scenery, gentle sounds and a nice scent contribute to relaxation


  34. User: JDC4

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 10:11 pm

    Breathing in the fresh air!


  35. User: philatel

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 6:25 pm

    I’ve loved being in lockdown because it has given me the opportunity of going out into the garden every day and watch all the plants growing, see all the different birds and insects – one advantage of being at home all the time.


  36. User: Anne Thompson

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 5:54 pm

    The sights, sounds, smells, and nature is wonderful in everyway. The different greens of grass and woodland, the bracken unfurling, the ever changing seasons renewing. The call of birds, the sight of a nest. Seeing nature unexpectedly, a deer grazing, a mole pushing up a hill, a bluebell wood. Harvesting natures larder, berries, flowers.


  37. User: Andrew Ingold

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 4:56 pm

    watching trout swimming in a lovely clear stream.


  38. User: Helen S Wright

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 2:54 pm

    I love seeing the beautiful flowers growing in my garden 🙂


  39. User: Andrew Rodwell

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 2:40 pm

    When I lay on my back in Queen’s Park, I look up at the green leaves on the trees and marvel about how beautiful nature is.


  40. User: Jake Casey

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 1:52 pm

    I love how it is constantly changing


  41. User: David Paterson

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 1:30 pm

    lying in the grass beside a river on a sunny summer day, watching the clouds drift by.


  42. User: Pat Healy

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 11:41 am

    I love nature because it’s always changing. You are always seeing something new.


  43. User: Claire D

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 11:13 am

    The beautiful, sometimes greedy birds in my garden. I can watch them for hours.


  44. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 9:08 am

    The beautiful glint of a dragonfly flitting over a stream. How nature has created something so perfectly jewel like in something as ephemeral as a dragonfly is a constant source of amazement and delight to me.


  45. User: Jean T

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 7:15 am

    Brings a smile to my face.


  46. User: melanie yates

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 6:54 am

    Unexpected flowers growing out of cracks in concrete, or between curb stones.


  47. User: Lucinda P

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 6:49 am

    I love walking through the woods, it’s so peaceful and quiet, gives me a feeling of great calm.


  48. User: Karen Baines

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 6:20 am

    LOve nature so much from the changing seasons and the colours and furor they bring, to tending my bees and watching my flowers bloom


  49. User: Laura Johnson

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 5:44 am

    I love the peace that normally comes with it, when your having a walk in the woods and no one else is around. Also seeing the wildlife, spotting a deer or a fox!


  50. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 06/07/2020 at 1:30 am

    I spend hours watching & listening to nature, from the small birds twittering at the food stations on our olive tree to the gulls ‘paddling’ on the lawn to fetch up the worms….to spotting kestrels hovering over farmland on the Downs.
    At the beach there’s the fascination of rock pools, shellfish & multi-coloured seaweeds, or just staring at the waves….so calming.
    Then there’s flowers, grasses & trees….all beautiful.


  51. User: Jean

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 9:03 pm

    Nature is a great way of switching off from the every day dramas.


  52. User: Julie 91

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 7:42 pm

    I love the changing seasons. It has been a pleasure to just sit in the garden and have the time to watch things develop and enjoy the birds, insects and field mice at work and play


  53. User: Penny-sue Wolfe

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 7:28 pm

    I love the colours of nature, the sights, smells, sounds and the feelings it evokes


  54. User: Heather Bowie

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 7:15 pm

    I love the calmness it gives me, rain or shine a walk in the woods or park will always take away the stresses of daily life.


  55. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 7:09 pm

    Seeing foxes in surburbia playing together in the road at night. They often wake the whole house with their screaming but are very entertaining.


  56. User: readerofbooks

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 6:56 pm

    I allows me to escape from looking after elderly parents, I love the freshness, and new life that nature brings. So lucky to have a garden especially these past few months.


  57. User: SueKelsoRyan

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 6:50 pm

    Nature is abundant hope for me: so often it is challenged and yet it recovers and renews itself. There’s nothing like spotting green buds after a hard winter or a heathland fire. Nature is inspirational and feeds my optimism.


  58. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 5:45 pm

    I love walking my dog in the fields and woods, it gives me a sense of peace x


  59. User: Daniel Smith

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 5:42 pm

    All nature is beautiful and is truly wonderful how it can flourish in sometimes the hardiest of conditions.


  60. User: Miriam Smith

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 5:41 pm

    How it changes with each of the seasons.


  61. User: Susangilley

    Posted on: 05/07/2020 at 5:36 pm

    Into the Tangled Bank:
    I love the sense of freedom the outside gives us. The scent of the flowers and the sounds of the insects and birds.


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