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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Still Water by John Lewis-Stempel, read by Leighton Pugh. 

The pond. Nothing in the countryside is more humble or more valuable. It’s the moorhen’s reedy home, the frog’s ancient breeding place, the kill zone of the beautiful dragonfly. More than a hundred rare and threatened fauna and flora depend on it. 

Written in gorgeous prose, Still Water tells the seasonal story of the wild animals and plants that live in and around the pond, from the mayfly larvae in the mud to the patrolling bats in the night sky above. It reflects an era before the water was polluted with chemicals and the land built on for housing, a time when ponds shone everywhere like eyes in the land, sustaining life for all, from fish to carthorse. 

Still Water is a loving biography of the pond and an alarm call on behalf of this precious but overlooked habitat. Above all, John Lewis-Stempel takes us on a remarkable journey - deep, deep down into the nature of still water.

©2019 John Lewis-Stempel (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Love this book

So much information. Had to keep winding back. Good narration, perfect for listening before sleep.

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still waters run deep

I'm mad about all nature so I knew I'd enjoy the description of the watery creatures but wondered what there was to say to make a whole book on the subject. I was taken on a journey to other countries and the past . nicely read and full of information, it took me back to days of minnows in jam jars and shadowy depths