Native by Patrick Laurie (Birlinn, 2021)

After journeys, home-coming is the final destination. Patrick Laurie's account of his return to farming in his native Galloway is an exploration of humans, animals and the land in a countryside which is changing. The balance between the freedom of the birds he is fascinated by and what he describes as his own 'static life, squatting on the same few acres like a toad under a stone' is so well written and evocative that this should be a 'must read' for travellers and stay-at-homes alike.

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