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

Harrison, Melissa (Editor) - Summer

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons
Author: various – Editor: Melissa Harrison
Genre: Anthology    Pages: 204
First published: 2016
Edition: Paperback, published by Elliott & Thompson in 2016

Capturing the high point of the year’s progress, Summer presents prose and poetry spanning eight hundred years. Featuring new contributions by Simon Barnes, Michael McCarthy and Esther Woolfson, classic extracts from the work of Charles Dickens, Mary Webb and Philip Larkin, and diverse new nature writing from across the UK, this vibrant and evocative collection will inspire you to go out and enjoy the pleasures of summer.

I took my time reading this anthology and at the end I can say that I enjoyed the collection, but not as much as the Winter version I read during winter. I did not conjure up the magic of summer for me quite often enough.

I felt the second half of the stories/poems/snippets was definitely stronger than the first half of the book. In the first half there were too many stories that felt more spring-y than summer-y and the imagery was just not quite strong enough.

The second half felt much more on the nose and I enjoyed much more. There were still some writing that missed the mark for me, certainly more than in Winter, but I will still treasure this anthology. I am especially fond of the nature writing when it conjures the epic feeling of summer and there were plenty of snippets that did just that. 

If you enjoy nature writing and poems relating to nature and the seasons you are bound to enjoy this anthology. I am looking forward to reading Autumn and Spring in their respective seasons.

5 out of 7 stars

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