The Lost Words


Twenty words describing natural subjects ‘lost’ to the Oxford Junior Dictionary, have been collected, described and celebrated in this awesome, glorious work. A labour of love for noted academician and writer, Dr Robert Macfarlane and painter Jackie Morris, ‘The Lost Words‘ is audacious and celebratory. Every part of the project is careful and respectful. There are lush gold lustred pages, illustrated text, whirling, swirling verse, deep, keen paintings, within a dedicatedly bound A3 presentation.

‘The Lost Words‘ deserves to be chattered about by the magpies, sung by the larks and dazzled by the kingfisher. Most of all it must be loved, known and read by us, the British public. We recommend it to all readers, of all ages.

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The Lost Words

A Spell Book

Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

(Hamish Hamilton)

The Lost Words‘ is a testament to the wonder and wildness of British nature. This beautiful book was formed because of a need to celebrate the vulnerable perfection of our natural world. Rather like Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist, awe and glory pour from every loving brush stroke.
The collaboration between Dr Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris took years to complete. Furthermore it is a perfect marriage of art and words. It seems like the interweaving of the images with the verse mirror the natural word. Certainly every page turn demands reverence, respect and awe.
Above all, The Lost Words‘ is an incomparable salute of descriptive verse, illustrative text and glorious paintings. Bookwagon asserts this mighty creation merits a place of honour in every home and classroom.
First of all the book, thereafter, ‘The Lost Words’ has developed Spell Songs

Action for Conservation receives a percentage from the sale of each title  Action for Conservation inspires young people to take action for the natural world and future conservationists. 

Winner of the Books are my Bag Beautiful Book Award, nominated for the Wainwright Prize, 2018

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Award, 2019


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