The Lost Spells
As in ‘The Lost Words’, these ‘spells’ take their subjects from relatively commonplace, and yet underappreciated, animals, birds, trees and flowers – from barn owl to red fox, grey seal to silver birch, jay to jackdaw. But they break out of the triptych format of ‘The Lost Words’, finding new shapes, new spaces and new voices with which to conjure. ‘The Lost Spells’ summons back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspires protection and action on behalf of the natural world. Above all, it celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.
A timeless, stunning gift to be pored over and cherished for years – dazzlingly beautiful and richly inventive, discover the magical new book from the creators of The Lost Words
‘Luminously beautiful. An amulet in dark times, to be carried like a talisman out into the world, where it is very much needed’ Dara McAnulty
‘A book about spells that succeeds in being spell-binding in its own right . . . It already feels like a true classic. Buy one copy for yourself and any others for as many children as you can afford’ Books for Keeps
Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but fresh in its form, The Lost Spells is a pocket-sized treasure that introduces a beautiful new set of natural spell-poems and artwork by beloved creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.
Each “spell” conjures an animal, bird, tree or flower — from Barn Owl to Red Fox, Grey Seal to Silver Birch, Jay to Jackdaw — with which we share our lives and landscapes. Moving, joyful and funny, The Lost Spells above all celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature’s power to amaze, console and bring joy.
Written to be read aloud, painted in brushstrokes that call to the forest, field, riverbank and also to the heart, The Lost Spells summons back what is often lost from sight and care, teaching the names of everyday species, and inspiring its readers to attention, love and care.
Praise for The Lost Words:
‘Gorgeous to look at and to read. Give it to a child to bring back the magic of language’ Jeanette Winterson, Guardian
‘Breathtaking, magical . . . Jackie Morris has created something that you could spend all day looking at’ New Statesman
‘Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris have made a thing of astonishing beauty’ Observer