The Lost Words


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; winner of the Kate Greenaway Award

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The Lost Words

A Spell Book

Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

(Hamish Hamilton)

Twenty words describing natural subjects ‘lost’ to the Oxford Junior Dictionary, have been collected, described and celebrated in this awesome, glorious work. In fact, this is a labour of love for noted academician and writer, Dr Robert Macfarlane and painter Jackie Morris. Thereafter, The Lost Words is audacious and celebratory. It feels as though part of the project is careful, measured, celebratory and respectful. This means lush gold lustred pages, illustrated text, whirling, swirling verse, deep, keen paintings, within a dedicatedly bound A3 presentation. Thereafter, we linger upon the words, from bluebell to otter, bramble to acorn. Everyone holds a triumphant double page, described by an acrostic poem, and a National Gallery worth illustration. It seems the pair worked together, both inspired in their task by the British landscape, the history and majesty of every subject.
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. Thereafter, we recommend it to all readers, of all ages as essential to home and school. Like  Wonder: The Natural History Museum Poetry Book, this is a magnificent treasure.


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