A Year on the Wild Side by Briony PennA Year on the Wild Side by Briony Penn

A Year on the Wild Side

byBriony Penn

Paperback | October 15, 1999

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A Year on the Wild Side is a witty "social and natural history comedy" written by Briony Penn, writer, illustrator and lecturer, with a Ph.D. in geography. It's composed of 52 essays arranged in 12 monthly chapters (ex. in August you'll read about which berries are ripening on the west coast). This engaging book reveals the magic and humour of the natural world and reminds us of our place in it.

Title:A Year on the Wild SideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:TouchWood EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0920663680

ISBN - 13:9780920663684


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A wonderful look at west coast wildlife Ms. Penn is a naturalist and journalist. This collection of columns from her journalism career traces her outdoor adventures with west coast wildlife though a full calendar year. The reader is introduced to the importance of nurse logs to renewing forests, the ecology of the berry patch and Penn's ongoing battle with starlings. Her writing style is lucid, passionate and often very humorous. Well worth reading for those who wish to gain a better understanding of west coast ecology, or merely those who wish a good entertaining read.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Interesting, funny, beautifully written I'm an urban woman with a love of nature. This book is an excellent way to learn about the amazing things going on around us all the time. But it's also more than that. Briony Penn is a true artist with words (and with paint, which is also part of this book). The writing is beautiful and sometimes takes you beyond the subject at hand (slugs, the arbutus tree, frogs) to thoughts about what it is to be alive and human. Very highly recommended.
Date published: 2005-02-04

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Designed to be read over the course of a year, this book brings readers closer to nature. A Year on the Wild Side is humorous, satirical and full of cultural history. It compares great blue herons to Dr. Suess characters, and explores what red-tide dinoflagellates have in common with Mick Jagger. This beautifully illustrated volume helps readers learn more about the animals around them.