Book of the Week: Path
A magical short story by author, outdoor swimmer and ‘amateur naturalist’ Louisa Thomsen Brits connects the ground between Richard Long and Robert Macfarlane…
The influence of the two giants of landscape art and literature prove fertile soil for this beautifully presented prose poem – which, the author explains, is ‘about lightness, presence, participation and moving slowly enough to pay attention and reconnect’. All of which speaks perfectly to the lifestyle that Hole & Corner seeks to promote.
Path is inspired by the landscape of Thomsen Brits’ native Sussex – and often draws on the vernacular of the area (a handy glossary at the back introduces some – including bostal (‘a pathway up a hill’) and leafmeal (‘a tree’s “cast self”, disintegrating as fallen leaves’ – as used by Gerard Manley Hopkins).
With 24 black and white photographs by Jim Marsden and 11 artworks by Linda Felcey, Path is a wonderfully meditative little book, full of moments of calm and wisdom.
Path is published by The Do Book Company (£10, hardback)