The Snow Geese

William Fiennes

3.49 based on 12 ratings & 2 reviews on Goodreads.com

2003 Nominee

Somerset Maugham Award

2003 Nominee

Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award

2002 Nominee

BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize

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01 January 2015
9781447275442
256 pages
Synopsis

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