The Year in Books – June 2015


Reclining man reading stone sculpture

Canadian stone carving Reclining Man Reading a Book – a sculpture in the collection at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

My May read H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald over-ran until now.  I’m not sure why, but I made slow progress with it – and I did get lost and found it confusing at times and wonder about the ending.  Why couldn’t she keep the bird whilst in moult?

The Plot by Madeleine Bunting

So, for what remains of June – my book is The Plot – A Biography of My Father’s English Acre – by Madeleine Bunting.  Keen to understand her complex father and the plot of land he loved, Madeleine Bunting makes an extraordinary journey deep into the history of Yorkshire and of England itself. From medieval ruins to ancient droving paths, through to the tiny stone chapel her father built himself.  Bunting reveals what a contested, layered place England is, and explores what belonging might mean to any one of us.

Last year I visited the chapel, which is only a few miles from me, and saw the sculpture carved, both in wood and stone by her father John Bunting and I’ve had the book since then.  It will be fascinating to understand a bit more about the man and his background and why he loved this area so much.




The Year in Books is an ongoing project started by Circle of Pine Trees which is open to everyone.  The aim of the project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2015. You can join in at any time, full details here.



  1. Comment by Amanda:

    I look forward to seeing what you think of this book (The Plot) as it does sound interesting.I have just bought “A buzz in the meadow” by Dave Goulson…
    Amanda xx

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      Enjoying The Plot already. Your read sounds wonderful too – certainly there is lots of buzzing in meadows here at the moment. Happy reading!

  2. Comment by Mitzi:

    I have H is for Hawk on my Kindle but not got to it in the long line of books for reading yet. I’ll be interested to see what it’s like having read your review. Sometimes you just can’t get into a book can you and for me it can definitely depend on my mood at the time.

    • Reply by Jennifer:

      There’s always such a long line isn’t there – it will be interesting if I pick the book up again in a year or so … hope you enjoy it anyway

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