B I O G R A PH Y & L I T ER AT U R E
Shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize
‘A brilliant, beautiful and sensual book’ Sunday Times
‘Gathers all the written English centuries and sets them dancing to the seasons on the head of its pin’ Ali Smith
‘Weatherland is so beautifully written that it transcends even its wealth of information. Alexandra Harris is a poet scholar’ Clive James
‘Splendid … its glory is in the detail, in its recording of facts and lives, atmospheres and words, quirks of feeling and behaviour’ A. S. Byatt
‘Carrying her immense knowledge lightly, never emerging as didactic or pedantic, Harris takes us across sodden fields and frosty meadows, through thick mist – and into the English mind’ Andrea Wulf, New York Times
New in paperback
Weatherland Writers and Artists Under English Skies
One of 2015’s most reviewed and acclaimed non-fiction releases – the first book to consider English literary and artistic responses to the weather. Alexandra Harris is currently Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Romantic Moderns and Virginia Woolf, both published by Thames & Hudson.
59 illustrations 19.8 x 12.9 cm 432pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292655 July £9.99
Alexandra Harris Writers and artists across the centuries, from Chaucer to Ian McEwan, and from the creator of the Luttrell Psalter in the 14th century to John Piper in the 20th, looking up at the same skies and walking in the same brisk air, have felt very different things and woven them into their novels, poems and paintings. Alexandra Harris’s subject is not the weather itself, but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination. She builds her remarkable story from small evocative details and catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: ‘Bloody cold’, says Jonathan Swift in the ‘slobbery’ January of 1713; Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one… Weatherland is both a sweeping panorama of cultural climates on the move and a richly illustrated, intimate account – for although weather is vast, it is experienced physically, emotionally and spiritually; as Harris brilliantly reveals, it is at the very heart of English life and culture.