Twelve Words for Moss

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett


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Penguin Books
16 May 2024
ISBN: 9780141999548
192 pages

From the publisher

A celebration of the unsung hero of the plant word and an immersive journey through the British wetlands


Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2023 for Nature Writing

'Exquisite, luminous and quietly radical . . . utterly unique and refreshing' Lucy Jones

Where nothing grows, moss is the spark that triggers new life. Embarking on a journey though landscape, memory and recovery, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett explores this mysterious, ancient marvel of the plant world, meditating on and renaming her favourite mosses – from Glowflake to Little Loss – and drawing inspiration from place, people and language itself.

'Fascinating, subtle and risk-taking . . . Poetry, descriptive-evocative prose, memory, memoir, natural history and more all drift and mingle in strikingly new ways' Robert Macfarlane