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Book Thoughts – Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons (edited by Melissa Harrison)

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Title: Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons
Author: various – Editor: Melissa Harrison
Genre: Anthology    Pages: 203
First published: 2016
Edition: Paperback, published by Elliott & Thompson in 2016

Winter is a withdrawal: quiet and dark and cold. But in the dim light frost shimmers, stars twinkle and hearths blaze as we come together to keep out the chill. In spite of the season, life persists: visiting birds fill our skies, familiar creatures find clever ways to survive, and the world reveals winter riches to those willing to venture outdoors.

This anthology, mostly consisting of non-fiction, is such a delight.

Quite obviously the link between all these different snippets of stories, poems and observations is winter, which (also obviously) makes this the perfect anthology to read this time of year.

A lot of the stories were centered around the natural world, which is one of my favourite subjects, whether in fiction or non-fiction. I loved the beating heart of nature that pretty much all of these story had in common. The observation that winter is all but void of life.

Winter has never been my favourite season, but this anthology brought me a new appreciation of the bleak world around me at this time of year.

Maybe I would have liked there to be a few more poems in this collection, but overall I loved this anthology and enjoyed every single chapter. I wil definitely check out several of the authors in here.

I would recommend Winter to anyone who loves winter, but also to people (like me) for whom winter seems to drag on and on and who crave the sunlight returning to our worlds.

I am very much looking forward to reading the other seasons in this series over the course of this year.

6 out of 7 stars

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