Under the Stars: A Journey Into Light (Paperback)

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Under the Stars: A Journey Into Light (Paperback)


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An inspirational & immersive travelogue exploring the power of the natural lights of night. 

Moonlight, starlight, the ethereal glow of snow in winter. When you flick off a switch, other forms of light begin to reveal themselves.

Artificial light is everywhere. Not only is it damaging to humans and to wildlife, disrupting our natural rhythms, but it obliterates the subtler lights that have guided us for millennia. In this beautifully written exploration of the power of light, Matt Gaw ventures forth into darkness to find out exactly what we're missing: walking by the light of the moon in Suffolk and under the scattered buckshot of starlight in Scotland; braving the darkest depths of Dartmoor; investigating the glare of 24/7 London and the suburban sprawl of Bury St Edmunds; and, finally, rediscovering a sense of the sublime on the Isle of Coll.

Under the Stars is an inspirational and immersive call to reconnect with the natural world, showing how we only need to step outside to find that, in darkness, the world lights up. 
Matt Gaw is a writer, journalist, and naturalist who lives in Bury St Edmunds, and is the author of the acclaimed The Pull of the River: A Journey into the Wild and Watery Heart of Britain. His work has been published in the Guardian, the Telegraph, and the Times. He works with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, edits Suffolk Wildlife, writes a monthly country diary for the Suffolk Magazine, and is a director of the Suffolk Festival of Ideas.
Product Details ISBN: 9781783965823
ISBN-10: 1783965827
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson
Publication Date: September 1st, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English
"Gaw finds wonder in the dark... The stand-out chapter for me was his getting lost in the Woods of Cree in absolute pitch black. Deep primordial horrors arise and make for gripping reading... This is a powerful and valiant plea for us all to see that, unlike in science fiction, light isn't always good." - BBC Countryfile Magazine

"Under starlight and in moonlight, in the depths of the dark forest and on the streets of a city centre, Gaw goes on a nocturnal adventure to discover how light pollution disrupts and affects our own mental wellbeing, and the wellbeing of wildlife, too. En route he re-discovers the beauties of meteor showers and moonlight meanders, and encourages us to go on our own midnight adventures. Lyrical and lovely." - The Simple Things

"Matt Gaw shows once again that he is one of the most inspiring of our young nature writers, with a highly original journey into darkness and night" - Stephen Moss, naturalist and author, Mrs. Moreau's Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names

 "Passionately argued and perfectly crafted... Under the Stars is a timely and inspiring manifesto explaining how 'by lighting our world sparingly, carefully... we can achieve something that would improve human health, protect wildlife, and help us to reconnect to the landscape and starscape at night'." - The Countryman