Rick’s latest book, A River Avon Year, follows ‘Shakespeare’s Avon’ month-by-month through the centre of England, describing the fascinating wildlife, and relating the human dramas that have played out on its banks. From Naseby to Watling Street and from Evesham to Tewkesbury, the Avon has played a part in bloody battles that changed British history.
The riverside towns – Rugby – Leamington Spa – Warwick – Stratford – the Vale of Evesham and Bredon Hill – all have their stories and some surprises. Soaring Abbey churches, raging floods, nature reserves, castles and ancient bridges, poetry and music, all play their part in the story of the Avon that flows 88 miles from Northamptonshire, through Warwickshire and Worcestershire to its confluence with the Severn in Gloucestershire.
Each chapter covers a short section of the river, and there are pen and ink sketches by the author introducing each section.
“It’s like taking a walk with a knowledgeable friend. The narrative weaves its way with the river, revealing insights into history, landscape and nature.” Penny Dale, Author and Illustrator.
Rick’s book, ‘Park Life’, takes readers through a year in the life of a large urban park by the River Avon in Warwickshire, closely observing the changing moods of the seasons. He describes the discovery of surprising rarities and reveals some fascinating facts about the wildlife close at hand, with folklore and legend linked to many species.
“Most naturalists yearn to move out of the city and into the countryside. Rick did the opposite. Yet his new setting proves there is just as much wildlife in urban as in rural areas, if not more. A fascinating diary of a year of discovery.”
Stephen Moss, Naturalist and Author.
He also reflects on the importance of accessible green spaces for our physical and mental wellbeing. With four out of five of us living in towns and cities, regular contact with nature has never been more important – to lift the spirits and provide stimulating experiences.
As with ‘A River Avon Year’, each chapter is illustrated with a pen and ink drawing by the author.
Both books are available online from Amazon, Hive Books, Waterstones, and other online booksellers. The cover price for each book is just £10.00