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Under the Stars - Matt Gaw - May 2020


Author Matt Gaw makes a welcome return to the Ink, following his previous book 'Pull of the River' - the title Lauren Laverne picked as her favourite of our back issues "You had me at a man in a canoe!"

Matt is a wonderful observer of the natural world, working with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and writing a regular Country Diary for the Sufflok Magazine. In 'Under the Stars' he turns his eye on us, noting we are only living half a life, blind to happenings in the hours after dark.

As we search for new experiences, new adventures and ways to evoke the senses, Matt reveals how the simple swoop of the clock hand can transport us to another world.

Whether you are a seasoned night owl or amongst the 77% of the population who have never seen the Milky Way, those for whom a moonrise is a mystery, there is much to discover between these pages.

In 'Under the Stars' Gaw removes the sharpness of daylight to take away a barrier that separates us from the natural world. In doing so, he illustrates a visceral and deep-seated understanding that the human experience is intensely connected with a nature that is slowly vanishing from our view.

"Lyrical, warm and suffused with the magic of the night, Under the Stars does what all the best books do - it changes the way we look at our world." Patrick Barkham, author of The Butterfly Isles