The East Country

The East Country

Almanac Tales of Valley and Shore

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The East Country is a work of creative nonfiction in which the acclaimed nature writer Jules Pretty integrates memoir, natural history, cultural critique, and spiritual reflection into a single compelling narrative. Pretty frames his book around Aldo Leopold and his classic A Sand County Almanac, bringing Leopold’s ethic—that some could live without nature but most should not—into the twenty-first century. In The East Country, Pretty follows the seasons through seventy-four tales set in a variety of landscapes from valley to salty shore. Pretty convinces us that we should all develop long attachments to the local, observing that the land can change us for the better.

Jules Pretty

University of Essex
Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. He is the author of many books,including The Edge of Extinction and This Luminous Coast, both from Comstock Publishing Associates, and The Earth Only Endures. He is coeditor most recently of Green Exercise.


This Luminous Coast
Walking England's Eastern Edge
Jules Pretty
Over the course of a year, Jules Pretty walked along the shoreline of East Anglia in southeastern England and here takes the reader with him on his journey over land and water.



The Edge of Extinction
Travels with Enduring People in Vanishing Lands
Jules Pretty
Jules Pretty explores life and change in a dozen environments and cultures across the world, taking us on a series of remarkable journeys to show that there are many different ways to live in cooperation with nature.