The English Year

A Literary Journey Through the Seasons

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Ebook
  • Pages: 256
  • Price: £6.99
  • Publication date: 4 June 2012
  • ISBN: 9780857657640

About the book

‘Hard is his heart that loveth naught in May’ – Geoffrey Chaucer.

12 June: ‘Male glow-worms, attracted by the light of the candles, come into the parlour. The distant hills look very blue’ – Gilbert White, 1791.

Join some of England’s best-loved writers in this day-by-day celebration of an English year, from the frosty mornings of January through to the buds of spring and blooms of summer, from the autumn harvest to the festivities of Christmas. Diary entries by literary figures such as Gilbert White, Dorothy Wordsworth and Thomas Hardy guide us through the year, accompanied by poems and quotations celebrating the changing seasons, and passages explaining the origins of some of our oldest festive traditions.


'The English weather is notoriously fickle, but one thing that's certain is the beautiful countryside its changeable climate yields, here celebrated by a host of famous figures… A daily list of literary musings record the changing landscape from January to /December, each entry paying tribute to a season's particular qualities...'

The Good Book Guide

'offers an insightful look at the diarists of olden days on a year-long journey, season-by-season, month-by-month and day-by-day, to discover their joys and musings on English life in both town and country.'

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