Forecast - Joe Shute - July/August 21
Joe Shute, has spent years unpicking Britain's long-standing love affair with the weather in his role as the Telegraph's Weather Correspondent.
He has pored over the literature, art and music our weather systems have inspired and trawled through centuries of established folklore to discover the curious customs and rituals we have created in response to the seasons. But in recent years Shute has discovered a curious thing: the British seasons are changing far faster and far more profoundly than we realise. Daffodils in December, frogspawn in November and summers so hot wildfires rampage across the northern moors.
This book aims to bridge the void between our cultural expectation of the seasons and what they are actually doing. To follow the march of the seasons up and down the country and document how their changing patterns affect the natural world and all of our lives. And to discover what happens to centuries of folklore, identity and memory when the very thing they subsist on is changing for good.
“Forecast is the most urgently needed, most important book I have read in a long time” Michael Morpurgo
Catch up with August's live conversation with Joe.