I’m pleased to see that a new series of Coast, the excellent science and nature documentaries, starts next week. The first of eight programmes Heart of the British Isles – a Grand Tour is on BBC2 TV Sunday at 9.00pm and is followed by the second one, Swanage to Land’s End, next Wednesday at 9.00pm. The series is being presented by the usual team – Neil Oliver, Alice Roberts, Mark Horton, Miranda Krestovnikoff and Nick Crane.
If I had to choose a summer or holiday book it would be the one that I’m currently reading. It’s Icons of England edited by Bill Bryson which is a salute to the English countryside. Over 90 writers each write, in just a few pages, about their personal icon of England. I’m about half way though and really enjoying this book which at times is wonderfully idiosyncratic.
I have to say that I’m a fan of Bill Bryson and it’s good to see that he has a new book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, due out in the autumn.
Have a good weekend!