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Henry Williamson - Author

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Henry Williamson was born in Brockley, south-east London. After leaving school he enlisted in the London Rifle Brigade and served as a private in the Flanders trenches, where he was present for the Christmas Truce of 1914. His experiences of the First World War continued to surface in his writing, most notably in the semi-autobiographical series of books A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight (1951-1969). He moved to north Devon in 1921, where, inspired by the books of Richard Jefferies, Williamson started writing lyrical essays and stories about wildlife, which included his two most popular and critically acclaimed creations: Tarka the Otter (1927) and Salar the Salmon (1935). He was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1928, and with the £100 prize money bought a field and built himself a hut, where Salar was written.

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Tarka the Otter

Tarka the Otter

Author: Henry Williamson Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2019

A beautiful hardback gift edition of one of the most famous animal stories in children's literature. TARKA THE OTTER is the classic story of an otter living in the Devonshire countryside which captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter's own eyes. The story's atmosphere and detail make it easy to see why Tarka has become one of the best-loved creatures in world literature. Henry William Williamson was born in 1895 in Brockley, south-east London. The then semi-rural location provided easy access to the countryside, and he developed a deep love of nature throughout his childhood. He became a prolific author known for his natural and social history novels. He won the Hawthornden Prize for literatrure in 1928 for Tarka the Otter.

Salar der Lachs

Salar der Lachs

Author: Henry Williamson Format: eBook Release Date: 23/02/2018

Der silberschuppige Held des Buches ist Salar, der Springer. Nach dreijahrigem Aufenthalt am Futterplatz ist er zwanzig Pfund schwer und steuert hinaus in die Welt der Abenteuer, nur geleitet durch die Schwere und den Druck des Wassers gegen seine Flanken. Im Meer, uber schwimmendes Seegras und bewachsene Balken der Schiffe hinweg, verfolgt er kleine Fische, wird von groeren selbst verfolgt. Schlielich gelangt er in die Musik des Stromes. Die Paarungszeit folgt, der Winter kommt, mit Beginn des neuen Jahres versucht der alte Lachs, matt vom suen Wasser, erschreckt durch Bisse und Angeln, sich mit seiner letzten Kraft ins Meer zu retten. Zu der dichterischen Ausdruckskraft gesellt sich die feine Naturbeobachtung von Henry Williamson. Er hat gelernt, mit den Augen des Tieres zu sehen. Und durch die Augen des Fisches blickt auch der Leser in eine erstaunliche Welt voll gebrochenen Lichts und wechselnder Stromungen wie in eine Offenbarung: alles darin gehort dem unteilbaren Leben an, alles unter und uber dem Wasser und oben in der Luft.(Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine fruhere Ausgabe.)

Dandelion Days - Scholar's Choice Edition

Dandelion Days - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Henry Williamson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2015

The Power of the Dead

The Power of the Dead

Author: Henry Williamson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Volume eleven of The Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Twelve hundred acres of downland valley with a trout stream await an heir and Sir Hilary Maddison wants his only nephew Phillip to learn farming the hard way, beginning as a labourer and rising to a tenancy-for-life. But Phillip has other ideas. Unable to forget the early death of his wife Barley as well as his friends who died in the Great War, he needs to recreate his past in his writing. Trying to combine both worlds Phillip is bound to fail in one of them; and literary success only intensifies the dilemma. 'The finest yet in Mr Williamson's long series' Kenneth Allsop

The Phoenix Generation

The Phoenix Generation

Author: Henry Williamson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Volume twelve of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. In this novel of the troubled and decadent years before the Second World War, Phillip Maddison sees the survivors of the Western Front as a phoenix generation impelled to reject the past in order to make a country 'fit for heroes'. Yet he remains aloof from any direct action, preferring to plan his own history of the Great War and its aftermath while becoming deeply involved in his own problems. Looking meanwhile over the international scene, as the storm clouds of war gather inexorably, the Faust-like figure of Hitler is preaching the advent of a new Europe, based on a thousand years of peace. 'He commands, and is able to turn to artistic ends, a powerful and mournful sense of the near past which has shaped and distorted us into what we are.' Normal Shrapnel, Guardian

Lucifer Before Sunrise

Lucifer Before Sunrise

Author: Henry Williamson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2011

Volume fourteen of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Beginning in the winter of 1940/1 and ending with the uneasy 'sunrise' of peace in 1945, this volume sees Phillip Maddison striving idealistically to hold a balance while lamenting the division and possible total ruin of Europe, as he copes with the day-to-day problems of running the East Anglian farm he has wrested from virtual wilderness. The pattern of everyday living in those years is lovingly evoked: the bomber-haunted nights, the petty profiteering and gossip of country life - all essential, but often unrecorded, elements of the wartime scene. 'The sequence will stand, at the end, as a massive emotional record.' Guardian

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