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The Last Wilderness

A Journey into Silence
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

Neil Ansell's The Last Wilderness is a mesmerising audiobook on nature and solitude by a writer who has spent his lifetime taking solitary ventures into the wild. For fans of the author's previous book, Deep Country, Robert Macfarlane's The Old Ways or William Atkins' The Moor.

The experience of being in nature alone is here set within the context of a series of walks that Neil Ansell takes into the most remote parts of Britain, the rough bounds in the Scottish Highlands. He illustrates the impact of being alone as part of nature rather than outside it.

As a counterpoint, Neil Ansell also writes of the changes in the landscape and how his hearing loss affects his relationship with nature as the calls of the birds he knows so well become silent to him.

©2018 Neil Ansell (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

Critic reviews

"A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell's rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that C.S. Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most comfortable armchair and get away from it all." ( Countryfile)

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Absolute Gem

This book if for a particular sort of audience. like myself, those whole love the exploration of both nature and one self.

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Packing my tent

I’ve walked many times in The Rough Bounds and I listened to this sat in traffic in the south east of England. Needless to say I’ve just booked train tickets, got my tent ready and found my midge spray. Absolutely wonderful and made me heart sick for those lochs and hills.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable and Immersive!!

I loved how the writer managed to conjour up images of all of the places he visited, it made me want to pack my bag and hike out of the office up to the wilderness of the Highlands!!

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Truly great storytelling

The journey this book takes you on is beautiful a glimpse into the authors life in every sense I have also always preferred my own company when walking and to have a story told from this perspective was really refreshing read beautifully and emotively can't recommend it enough

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this book is just fantastic

I just adored this book. One year in the final wilderness of the British isles and not one mention of bird catching and ringing for the sake of curiousity carried out for its own sake because man is nosey though he couches it in other language. Just the wild places undisturbed by anyone and that’s as it should be. No talk of anyone else just references to sights and sounds when and where they were heard. memories as well and just an all round brilliant book exploring the wilderness as it should be explored not for science or for curiosity but just beause it’s there and might not be for much longer. It’s a well narrated book with no attempt at accents that the narrator perhaps felt he couldn’t replicate and that made it all the better.

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Wonderful, makes me determined to spend more time in the wilds while we still have them...Peter Noble does his usual excellent job

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Wonderful wilderness

Deeply thoughtful meditation on humanity, mortality and our place in the natural world. Highly recommend.

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Love this book. Got a third of the way through and booked a week in the Highlands! If you love wild places and nature I highly recommend this book. Beautifully described and read.

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Exquisite

This book is a wonderful gift of serenity, peace and connection to nature. It is gentle and restorative and offers a real opportunity to slip away into the wilds while sitting at home.

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A lovely listen

If your looking to be whisked away gently into the wilderness and natural world this a great way to do it for a couple of hours. Not a map or a guide but simply one mans description of the wildlife , natural world and solitude he loves to encounter. One criticism is the due to the missmatched jumpy structure of the writing I often struggled to keep track of any story and had keep going back to find my own bearings. I suppose this is much my own fault as I was listening to the audio whilst driving, but the authors natural way of life is rambling on without any prior plan which certainly seeps into the writing of this book. Overall a beautiful listen , the narrator is brilliant and with lots of self reflection and musings in each chapter this inevitably leads to evaluations of your own way of life which can only be for the better.

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