Snowdonia Country Diary
Disgrifiad | Description
- Author: Roger Redfern
- Publication November 2004
- Illustrated by Roger Redfern
- Format: Paperback, 183 x 125 mm, 168 pages
A magical collection of the writings of an experienced mountaineer gleaned from his regular column 'A Country Diary' in The Guardian, 1984-2003, comprising reflections on his journeys in Snowdonia, Pen Llyn and Anglesey during the four seasons. 75 colour photographs.
Gwales ReviewNo other part of rural Wales has attracted writers as Snowdonia has. Each year titles on the history and topography of this ever-fascinating region multiply and, indeed, I have just completed work on such a book myself.
Roger Redfern is very much in a tradition of rural writing about Wales and he is in good company here; other writers who are very much in the same genre include the late and much missed William Condry, Jim Perrin and, to a lesser extent, Jan Morris.
Like Condry, Roger Redfern was a regular contributor to the
'Country Diary' feature in the Guardian for many years and it was an excellent idea to bring together a generous selection of the entries, together with the author’s wonderful photographic illustrations, in what is an immensely attractive paperback.
Being a diary, the entries naturally appear in seasonal order and we are taken, for example, from the steep woods of Nant Gwynant in springtime to a winter ascent of Snowdon complete with ice axes. Redfern has a descriptive eye for detail which I envy. At one point he writes of ‘. . . May's foxgloves anchored against a roof-less cot, dead thistle stalks grouped in a sheep pen that may well have been put up before the Civil War’.
The book makes ideal bedtime reading and cannot be recommended highly enough.