Above all, an enthusiast. Father of five, Deputy Head Academic at Strathallan School in rural Perthshire beside the River Earn; keen hockey coach and grower of old-fashioned roses; ex Head of English, passionate wild swimmer.
I can’t do without the poetry of Edward Thomas, and I have just discovered ‘Earthlines’- admirable and inspirational in equal measure.
A few other works of non-fiction that have made a big impact on me:
‘The Peregrine’ by John Baker
‘Waterlog’ by Roger Deakin
‘Arctic Dreams’ by Barry Lopez
‘The Wild Places’ by Robert Macfarlane
‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ by Laurie Lee
‘Under Storm’s Wing’ by Helen Thomas
‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson