• Douglas Dunn has won Queen Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
  • Peter Capaldi is The Doctor in DOCTOR WHO at 8.15pm on BBC1
  • Jonathan O'Boyle is Associate Director on THIS IS MY FAMILY on tour
  • Anya Reiss' adaptation of UNCLE VANYA plays at the St James Theatre
  • Tim Mascall designs FIRST EPISODE at the Jermyn Street Theatre
  • David Mercatali directs COOLATULLY at the Finborough for Papatango
  • See SELFIE by Brad Birch for the NYT at the Ambassadors Theatre
  • See Penny Downie in DOWNTON ABBEY at 9pm on ITV
  • Read Ben Goldacre's deliciously eviscerating SELECTED JOURNALISM
  • George Dennis designs sound for REGENERATION on tour
  • Tim Mascall designs FULLY COMMITTED at the Menier Chocolate Factory
  • Read Nicci Gerrard's enchanting THE TWILIGHT HOUR, out now
  • Ellan Parry designs EACH SLOW DUSK for Pentabus on tour
  • Tim Mascall designs lighting for KILL JOHNNY GLENDENNING at Citizen's
  • Lloyd Wood is Associate Director on GYPSY at Chichester

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Tim Dee
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Tim Dee

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About


Tim Dee was born in Liverpool in 1961.He has worked as a BBC radio producer for twenty years and divides his life between Bristol and Cambridge. 

Current publication:

FOUR FIELDS - JONATHAN CAPE, 29 August 2013 

In his first book since the acclaimed The Running Sky Tim Dee tells the story of four green fields. Four fields spread around the world: their grasses, their hedges, their birds, their skies, and their natural and human histories. Four real fields - walkable, mappable, man-made, mowable and knowable, but also secretive, mysterious, wild, contested and changing. Four fields - the oldest and simplest and truest measure of what a man needs in life - looked at, thought about, worked in, lived with, written.

Dee's four fields, which he has known for more than twenty years, are the fen field at the bottom of his Cambridgeshire garden, a field in southern Zambia, a prairie field in Little Bighorn, Montana, USA, and a grass meadow in the exclusion zone at Chernobyl, Ukraine. Meditating on these four fields, Dee makes us look anew at where we live and how. He argues that we must attend to what we have made of the wild, to look at and think about the way we have messed things up but also to notice how we have kept going alongside nature, to listen to the conversation we have had with grass and fields.

Four Fields is a profound, lyrical book by one of Britain's very best writers about nature.

Praise for FOUR FIELDS:

“[Dee] is incapable of writing a dull sentence…very good indeed.” The Independent

"[Dee's] descriptions are constantly inventive; wry and fearless. A project as expansive, and as mesmerizing, as a fenland sky." The Scotsman

“FOUR FIELDS is an enthralling and unexpected book – or four short books – about what we have made of the natural world. The language itself is rich and loamy. There is evidence of much thought here, as well as a naturalist's profound observation. It is proof that really, there is no such thing as "nature writing" – Dee gives us the wide world and everything in it, including ourselves and all our works.” The Guardian

 

"The fields are in Zambia, Montana, Ukraine and the Norfolk fens, but Dee's definition includes fields of vision, prairies and battlefields. There are no rhymes, but Dee writes and sees like a poet." Frances Wilson, TLS summer reads 2014

"Wonderfully written prose... Sure to be well worth the wait." The Great Outdoors

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THE RUNNING SKY
2009
Jonathan Cape
The Running Sky records a lifetime of looking at birds. Beginning in summer with clouds of breeding seabirds in Shetland and ending with crepuscular nightjars like giant moths in the heart of England, Tim Dee maps his own observations and encounters over four decades of tracking birds across the globe. He tells of near-global birds like sparrows, starlings and ravens, and exotic species, like electrically coloured hummingbirds in California and bee-eaters and broadbills in Africa. In doing so he brilliantly restores us to the primacy of looking, the thrill of watching, and takes us outside, again and again, to stand - with or without binoculars - under the storm of life over our heads, and to marvel once more at what is flying about us.
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