The Lost Spells
August 20, 2020
Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris, Hamish Hamilton, £14.99
Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but new in form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure, a new collection of ‘spells’ – acrostic poetry and artwork – by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
Written to be read aloud, calling to forest, field, riverbank, ocean and to the heart, these ‘spells’ summon back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspire protection and action on behalf of the natural world. From Jay to Jackdaw, Oak to Barn Owl, Silver Birch to Grey Seal, they capture the special, individual spirit of each plant and creature. Above all, they celebrate a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.