New York Review of Books
August 13, 2019
5.1 X 0.9 X 8.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author
Lyall Watson (1939-2008) was the author of such well-known books as Supernature, The Romeo Error, Gifts of Unknown Things, Lifetide, Lightning Bird, and Whales of the World. He was also a producer for BBC television, a zoo director, an expedition leader, and the Seychelles Commissioner on the International Whaling Commission. Nick Hunt has walked and written across much of Europe. His articles have appeared in the Economist, the Guardian and other publications, and he works as a storyteller and co-editor for the Dark Mountain Project. He is the author of Walking the Woods and the Water and Where the Wild Winds Are: Walking Europe's Winds from the Pennines to Provence. He lives in Bristol, England.
"Watson's masterpiece is an erudite and enjoyable compendium of wind-lore, science, myth, history and the occasional joke. . . . Watson delights as much in retelling myths and in conveying the religious significance various cultures have invested in this silent, life-sustaining emissary as he does in cataloging how various plants pollinate with the assistance of the wind." --Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Light "A comprehensive and fascinating study." --Bernard Levin, The Observer, Bernard Levin's 1984 Book of the Year "A book which fascinates, delights and stimulates with a thousand fascinating facts." --Daily Mirror "This is the kind of book that answers dozens of questions first arising in childhood and lingering unresolved until there was Lyall Watson. . . . Watson's pot-pourri of wind poetry, wind jokes and wind facts is so diverting that one hardly minds losing the thread now and then." --Dennis Drabelle, The Washington Post "Collectors of curious bits of information and odd statistics will find Heaven's Breath a gold mine. . . . Mr. Watson discusses the wind's role in geology, plant and animal evolution, cultural history, trade, health, mythology, art, literature and language." --Patricia T. O'Conner, The New York Times