A Year’s Turning
A Year’s Turning is one of Ireland’s greatest works of nature writing and nature memoir, in the tradition of writers such as Tim Robinson and Robert Macfarlane.
Michael Viney and his wife Ethna lived in the city, had successful jobs in the media and had just turned forty when they made a lifechanging decision: to give up everything for a self-reliant existence on a remote cottage farm in County Mayo, on the West Coast of Ireland. This enchanting chronicle of life on the land follows the highs and lows of one year in the Irish countryside, charting the minutiae of the natural world – the sowing of potatoes, the peculiar habits of sea otters – and the grand systems of the wild, like the astonishing migrations of wild geese or the inexplicable beaching of rare whales.
Since moving to their home at Thallabawn, Michael Viney’s weekly columns in The Irish Times have run for 45 years, and established his reputation as a uniquely compassionate and informed commentator on the natural world, and undoubtedly one of Ireland’s greatest nature writers.
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