On Gallows Down: Place, Protest and Belonging
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On Gallows Down: Place, Protest and Belonging


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Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2022 for Nature Writing - Highly Commended

Growing up in rural England, Guardian Country Diarist Nicola Chester was inexorably drawn to the natural landscape surrounding her. Walking, listening and breathing in the nature around her, she followed the call of the cuckoo, the song of the nightingale and watched as red kites, fieldfares and skylarks soared through the endless skies over the chalk hills of the North Wessex Downs: the ancient land of Greenham Common which she called home.

From protesting the loss of ancient trees to the rewilding of Greenham Common, to the gibbet on Gallows Down and living in the shadow of Highclere Castle (made famous in Downton Abbey), On Gallows Down shows how one woman made sense of her world – and found her place in it.

Paperback, 256 pages

Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm