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18th October 2020

We are delighted to offer you 3 copies of Wintering: A Season with Geese by Stephen Rutt, set across the UK.


The arrival of huge flocks of geese in the UK is one of the most evocative and powerful harbingers of winter; a vast natural phenomenon to capture the imagination. So Stephen Rutt found when he moved to Dumfries one autumn, coinciding with the migration of thousands of pink-footed geese who spend their winter in the Firth. Thus began an extraordinary odyssey.

From his new surroundings in the north to the wide open spaces of his childhood home in the south, Stephen traces the lives and habits of the most common species of goose in the UK and explores the place they have in our culture, our history and, occasionally, on our festive table.

Wintering takes you on a vivid tour of the inbetween landscapes the geese inhabit, celebrating the short days, varied weathers and long nights of the season during which we share our home with these large, startling, garrulous and cooperative birds.

This is such a beautiful and thoughtful book!


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  • Tell us which season of the year you enjoy most and why! Do so in the COMMENTS below by midnight, 31 October and the first three names out of the hat will be sent copies of the book. THIS IS A UK ONLY GIVEAWAY.

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  1. User: halcyondaysnow

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 4:48 pm

    I enjoy autumn for all its glorious colours and because it is a good time to take stock of the year so far.


  2. User: Becks44

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 1:19 pm

    I love Spring the best becaus everything comes to life, our garden becomes really colourful, our garden gets really busy with all of the different nests being built, our frogs return home to their pond and the nights get lighter.


  3. User: Becky Cornes

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 1:16 pm

    I love Spring the best because everything comes to life, our garden becomes colourful and busy, with all of the different birds nesting, our frogs return home and the nights get lighter.


  4. User: Breeze81

    Posted on: 26/10/2020 at 11:22 am

    I love Spring the most. After a long, dark winter it’s so refreshing to notice extra daylight and buds on trees.


  5. User: Annabel Greaves

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 7:40 pm

    I love summer as I love the warm sunshine


  6. User: yoeydavis

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 7:37 pm

    I like January and February. January is when all the mania of xmas is over and you feel happy with the new start a new year can bring. February is the month of my birthday when, some years we get snow which I enjoy.


  7. User: tinatwo72

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 6:15 pm

    winter, its lovely to go for cold crisp walks, and then enjoy the fire in the front room


  8. User: claire woods

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 5:45 pm

    Spring. I don’t like the winter – too cold. Summer can be too hot.


  9. User: bobistheboss

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 5:28 pm

    I love the Autumn. Looking forward to long woodland walks with the trees changing colour, hopefully some snow and ice for Christmas, log fires and family – perfect


  10. User: Tess P

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 4:45 pm

    Summer, though perhaps the grass is always greener… in October I yearn for summer.


  11. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 3:41 pm

    Summer, love to chill in the summer sun 🙂


  12. User: Angela Wood

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 9:43 am

    Summer,so I can top up my sun tan


  13. User: Adrian

    Posted on: 24/10/2020 at 1:14 am

    Summer is my favourite season.

    I’m not a huge fan of heat, but at least the weather is nice, it’s holiday season and BBQs a plenty!


  14. User: Heather Norrington

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 9:52 pm

    I love my Autumn birthday and remember the excitement of the first day back at school after the summer break. I love all the events – Halloween, Harvest Festival, Bonfire Night – and the unexpected joy of warm September days.


  15. User: Emma Harvey

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 7:18 pm

    It’s a really hard choice, there is something about all the seasons that I love! But as we’re in autumn, I’ll go with that at the moment. I love all the autumnal colours and the smell of bonfire on the air!


  16. User: ARodwell75

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 6:28 pm

    I love spring the most, The first warm season after a cold winter boasts, An augury of brighter days, And sunnier, relaxing, balmy ways.


  17. User: lakes

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 5:17 pm

    Spring, everything is beginning to grow and spring blossom, lambs and birds, flowers and bee’s are around.


  18. User: Sheena Batey

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 4:57 pm

    Spring with all the fresh growth and blossom


  19. User: irene cox

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 4:04 pm

    i love spring the season of hope as nature wakes from its winter resting. Gardens and countryside cheerIng us up with it’s silent rebirth.


  20. User: Lynn Dibb

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 2:06 pm

    Winter, love cold crisp days.


  21. User: Roger Stanley

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 12:45 pm

    Autumn is my favourite season – Everywhere you look, is beautiful. Trees changing into colors of red, orange, and yellow. The views of this time of year are so magical.


  22. User: rmjohns2

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 12:27 pm

    Summer – love sunshine!


  23. User: Jessica Jacob

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 10:58 am

    Summer is my favourite season, I live in the North West so its always wet and windy – but less so in the summer!


  24. User: Annette Oliver

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 10:31 am

    Autumn because I like the colours of the leaves


  25. User: Quod

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 9:11 am

    Summer because the weather is warmer and the days longer so I can do more.


  26. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 5:35 am

    I love the summer – good weather to be outside to exercise and be with family and friends


  27. User: alaine

    Posted on: 23/10/2020 at 1:19 am

    I love Spring, particularly May when everything is bursting into life & the days are getting longer.


  28. User: Laura

    Posted on: 22/10/2020 at 10:25 pm

    I enjoy autumn the most as the nights are getting shorter and you start making the house all cosy for winter and start making comfort food


  29. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 22/10/2020 at 10:08 pm

    I love summer. Sitting in the garden with a book, feeling the sun on my skin. Bliss!


  30. User: jackier333

    Posted on: 22/10/2020 at 7:04 pm

    I really love Summer because it is warm enough to spend all day outside enjoying the beauty of nature.


  31. User: jackie rushton

    Posted on: 22/10/2020 at 7:03 pm

    I really love Summer because it is warm enough to spend all day outside enjoying the beauty of nature


  32. User: Pengwen

    Posted on: 21/10/2020 at 9:16 pm

    I love the spring with new love and hope.
    I also love the colours and harvest of autumn!


  33. User: Sara Ainsworth

    Posted on: 21/10/2020 at 7:33 pm

    I love the change in seasons but one that I really do enjoy is autumn and all of the beautiful colours of nature and starting to wrap up all cosy in the chilly weather.


  34. User: claire Thorpe

    Posted on: 21/10/2020 at 8:30 am

    I love Autumn, the colour of the trees are amazing


  35. User: StephMWard

    Posted on: 20/10/2020 at 10:44 am

    I love all the seasons and the changes between them, but if I have to pick one, I’d have to choose…

    SUMMER — for the sun, the warmth and the peaches.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  36. User: I like reading

    Posted on: 19/10/2020 at 8:05 pm

    Hello, my favourite season is Summer. I love seeing all the flowers blooming.


  37. User: Lisa

    Posted on: 19/10/2020 at 1:03 pm

    I love spring – the season of growth and new life. I particularly like seeing newborn lambs prancing around the fields in and around my village.


  38. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 19/10/2020 at 7:43 am

    Autumn is my favourite season – all my favourite colours are glowing on the trees and in the hedgerows


  39. User: philatel

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 11:19 pm

    Spring – when everything in the garden starts to come to life, the days get lighter and longer and, hopefully, warmer.


  40. User: Helen Marshall

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 10:36 pm

    Winter has always been my favourite season- so dramatic.


  41. User: Leah Tonna

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 9:38 pm

    I enjoy summer, long warm evenings to relax in my garden after taking my grandkids to play on the beach.


  42. User: Claire Harris

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 7:16 pm

    Spring is my most favourite season of the year, maybe because I was a Spring baby!
    I love to see all the flowers re-emerging from the earth, the snowdrops, crocuses, hyacinths, followed by the daffodils (my favourites), tulips and primroses.
    The leaf buds emerging on the trees, the birds livening up & starting to think about nesting, the lengthening, sunnier days….what’s not to like! ⚘☀️


  43. User: readerofbooks

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 6:43 pm

    I love bundling up in the winter but it’s the spring that makes me really happy with seeing all the new growth in the garden!


  44. User: Rachel Hall

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 5:44 pm

    Crispy leaves underfoot as you walk along and a drop in temperature make autumn my favourite season. It’s still warm enough to be outside but the slight chill in the air is invigorating and then you can go home and snuggle under a blanket and watch the natura, world from inside with a hot chocolate!


  45. User: Janine

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 5:38 pm

    I love all the colours of Autumn and walking my dog in the woods x


  46. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 18/10/2020 at 5:27 pm

    My favourite season is Spring. I love the optimism of the season. The gradually lengthening days with the accompanying warmth. The thought of the lovely flowers and blossoms to come.


Hurry, hurry! Our 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition entries close on 15th November...

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020