The Snow Geese

Picador Classic

3.52 based on 304 ratings & 39 reviews on Goodreads.com

With an introduction by Robert Macfarlane

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize.

I had attached myself to the birds. I couldn't move on until the birds moved on, and the birds couldn't move on without the spring.

One winter, after an enforced period of recuperation, William Fiennes finds himself restless and yearning for adventure. He travels to Texas, where he begins a quest to trace the million-strong flocks of snow geese making their spring flight thousands of miles north to the Arctic tundra. On his epic journey he meets people from every walk of life, from ex-nuns to train fanatics, and their stories resound with the longing to arrive at the right place in the world.

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and winner of the Hawthornden Prize, The Snow Geese is a poignant and lyrical paean to the richness and wonder of the world around us. A unique blend of autobiography, travel and nature writing, this is a classic tale of belonging and the inescapable lure of home.

Why are we drawn to birds, to landscape, to nature? It is for the sense of wonder - and in capturing that sense of wonder, Fiennes reminds us how desperately we all need it
Sunday Telegraph
The Snow Geese moved me as have few other recent books. No one who reads it is likely to continue to look at the world in the same way
Times Literary Supplement
A beautifully solitary and beautifully reflective book
Evening Standard

About William Fiennes

William Fiennes has contributed to Granta, the London Review of Books, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Oxford, England. He is the author of the acclaimed The Snow Geese.

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A Sport and a Pastime
A Sport and a Pastime
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Psalm Killer
The Psalm Killer
A Boy's Own Story
A Boy's Own Story
The Genius of Shakespeare
The Genius of Shakespeare
Trumpet
Trumpet
The Liars' Club
The Liars' Club
With Nails
With Nails
Quartet in Autumn
Quartet in Autumn
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Quarantine
Quarantine
My Year Off
My Year Off
If The Spirit Moves You
If The Spirit Moves You
The Drowned Book
The Drowned Book
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Dispatches
Dispatches
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
Four Letters Of Love
Four Letters Of Love
Once in a House on Fire
Once in a House on Fire
The Lovely Bones
The Lovely Bones
The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
Cloudstreet
Cloudstreet
Essays In Love
Essays In Love
The Piano Tuner
The Piano Tuner
Unreliable Memoirs
Unreliable Memoirs
The South
The South
Scottsboro
Scottsboro
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy
The Book of Evidence
The Book of Evidence

Upcoming events

William Fiennes and The Bookshop Band: The Snow Geese - A Journey with Music

William Fiennes and The Bookshop Band: The Snow Geese - A Journey with Music

The Milton Rooms

The Milton Rooms
Market Place Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7LX UNITED KINGDOM

15:15 on 09 October 2016 - 16:45 on 09 October 2016

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Join award winning writer William Fiennes on an epic journey across North America accompanying a million-strong flocks of migrating snow geese as they fly from Texas to their breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra. This special recount of his adventure will be accompanied with music from The Bookshop Band to create a unique and moving performance.

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