Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells, a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults.
The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds. Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.
Rest your head now, silver-seeker;From The Lost Spells
Close your eyes and cease your searches
Where the blackbird brightly perches,
Where the catkin softly brushes,
Here among the gleaming birches
Break of dawn is far away
But you are safe, my silver-sleeper,
Safe to sink down deep and deeper
In the night the birches watch you
With their black, unblinking eyes,
Standing guard and keeping vigil
While you make your dreaming journeys.
By Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris