We’re really pleased to have spotted four of our authors within the Guardian’s best books of 2018 list!
Nancy Campbell’s Library of Ice was given mention within Patrick Barkham’s run down of the best nature books alongside Isabella Tree’s Wilding.
“Messages of hope can be platitudinous without practical action and it takes a farmer to provide 2018’s best story of action and hope. In Wilding (Picador), Isabella Tree, a travel writer and farmer by marriage to Charlie Burrell, tells the 30-year tale of their failing farm and its almost accidental rewilding. Tree is not personal enough for some critics (nature writers can’t win!) but gives us challenging ecology, ecstatic moments (the sound of thousands of butterfly wings) and, best of all, an emphatic real example of how the British countryside can be enriched beyond all our expectations.”
The 12+ category detailed the brilliant Flying Tips for Flightless Birds.
“A tender, hilarious romance, Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain (Walker) is filled with fantastical yet real-feeling joy. Circus kids Birdie and Finch are twins, trapeze partners and – at school, at least – complete social outcasts. When a new boy arrives, even geekier and more eccentric than Finch, an unlikely friendship blooms. But can Franconi’s circus school survive after Birdie is brought down by an accident – and can Finch bring himself to trust Hector’s affection?”
The Ideas & Science category was full to the rafters but special mention was made of Suzanne O’Sullivan’s newest work of non-fiction.
“The genre of bittersweet anecdotes about people with brain disorders, perhaps invented by Oliver Sacks, is now well populated, but the brilliant Brainstorm (Chatto), by Suzanne O’Sullivan, is a premium addition. O’Sullivan is a specialist in epilepsy, and describes its history and highly various signs. Lewis Carroll, O’Sullivan fascinatingly suggests, might have had epilepsy, which is often associated with visual illusions when perspective looks wrong or things look larger or smaller than they really are. (Hence the name one of her patients gives such experiences: her “Alice in Wonderland moments”.)”