Previously we published details of six films to look out for that you might enjoy as you undertake your personal reflection on the theme 'cry of the Earth, cry of the Poor' over December - January. Here are some recent books in a similarly inspiring vein that can be found online and, hopefully, in many public libraries and bookshops.
H is for Hawk , the award-winning memoir by Helen McDonald. Described in The Guardian as 'a lyrical depiction of the relationship between human and wild falcon' it does live up to this description. Available in multiple formats
Watch the interview with Helen McDonald (04:40)
Wendy Whitely and the Secret Garden. Remember Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel? This book is the extraordinary story of how a determined, passionate and deeply creative woman has slowly transformed an overgrown wasteland into a beautiful sanctuary for everyone to enjoy - and in the process, transformed herself. Watch the video interview with Wendy (03:10)
Landmarks by Robert McFarlane. 'This joyous meditation on land and language is a love letter to the British Isles'. Available in multiple formats. Read a review here
How do the landscapes we love shape the people we are? Watch 'Q&A: Robert Macfarlane on landscape and the human heart' here (14:26)
The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks. Autobiography and memoir. 'A pitch-perfect and profound account of life as a sheep farmer in which the work dominates, from clipping to culling ' Read that review . Available in multiple formats
Six Square Metres: Reflections from a Small Garden by Margaret Simons. Margaret is an award-winning journalist and biographer, and the head of a university research centre - but her deepest passion lies in her small inner suburban garden where, in only six square metres of land, she finds respite from the pressures of her public life. Listen here to the interview with Margaret as she discusses the joys of 'six square metres and a whole lot of pots' (13:00).
We look forward in the Year of Mercy to stories shared by our Mercy Gardeners in an occasional series 'In my Mercy Garden'. More about that in the New Year.
Published in Mercy eNews 20 December