Celia Rees is a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her titles include Witch Child (shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize), Sorceress, (shortlisted for the Whitbread - now Costa - Children's Book Award), Pirates!, Sovay and Glass Town Wars. The chance discovery of an old family cookery book has now taken her writing in a new and different direction. In 2012, she began researching and writing her first novel for adults, Miss Graham's Cold War Cookbook, to be published by HarperCollins in July, 2020.
I generally resist biographies of artists and writers. I don’t want details of their personal life to colour my view of their work. Edward Thomas is one of my favourite poets and, although I bought this book a while ago, it has been on my shelves unread. I’m very glad I put my prejudice aside. Matthew Hollis’s superb biography took me back to read the poetry with new eyes and introduced me to Thomas’s wonderful prose writing on nature and the English landscape.
|Paul Nash - Whittenham Clumps (Nash's paintings remind me of Thomas' poetry and vice-versa. The two men were fellow soldiers in the Artists' Rifles and friends. They shared a love of the countryside and a keen interest in bird watching.)|
Edward Thomas, May, 1916
|The Menin Road - Paul Nash|
Now All Roads lead to France is published by Penguin.
See also: In Parenthesis by David Jones, reviewed by Graeme Fife