Melissa Harrison


Review of The Echoes by Evie Wyld for the Guardian, July 2024

Review of Mary and the Rabbit Dream for the Guardian, July 2024

How Does Your Garden Grow? On wildlife gardening, for Rathbones Review, November 2023

Review of All Around the Year for Caught By The River, October 2023

Review of Prophet Song for the Guardian, August 2023

Review of Lost on Me for the Guardian, August 2023

Summer Reflection for The New Statesman, July 2023

Review of What an Owl Knows for The Times, July 2023

Review of Ordinary Human Failings for the Weekend FT, July 2023

Review of The Memory of Animals for the Guardian, April 2023

Review of Old God’s Time for the Guardian, February 2023

Review of The End of Nightwork for FT Weekend, January 2023

Review of Limberlost, for the Guardian, November 2022

What We Lose Without the Dark, The New Statesman, October 2022

Review of Retrospective by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, for the Guardian, September 2022

Nostalgia, Responsibility and the Future of the Countryside, for Writers on Research, August 2022

The British heatwave was unbearable. We can’t downplay it, The Washington Post, July 2022

The Children’s Books that Shaped Us, for the New Statesman, December 2021

Attentiveness: an audio essay, for Gladstone’s Library, September 2021

Review of Sugar Street by Jonathan Dee, The Guardian, December 2022

Summer reflection, the New Statesman, July 2021

True to Nature: the children’s books that inspired nature writers, for the Guardian, June 2021

Review of How To Love Animals, Weekend FT, June 2021


Review of The High House by Jessie Greengrass, for the Guardian, April 2021

On sexism in the music industry (and Tracey Thorn’s My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend), for Caught By the River, March 2021

Review of Double Blind by Edward St Aubyn, Weekend FT, March 2021

Why I Wept at Spring’s Arrival, The New Statesman, March 2021

Winter walks: Sizewell, for National Geographic Traveller, December 2020

Travel discoveries of 2020: Iken, for the Guardian, December 2020

Our attitude to nature is changing for the better, the Guardian, November 2020

Walking in the rain, for the Guardian, November 2020

Nature in lockdown, Countryfile magazine, September 2020

Review of Summerwater by Sarah Moss, the Guardian, August 2020

Review of The Falcon Thief for the Weekend FT, May 2020

What the Moomins creator can teach us about small worlds, the Guardian, April 2020

Comfort and joy, the New Statesman, April 2020

Book clinic: climate crisis fiction, The Observer, March 2020

The road not taken, for the New Statesman, December 2019

Shadows & Reflections, for Caught By The River, December 2019

Solastalgia: on climate grief, New Statesman, October 2019

Review of The River Capture by Mary Costello, The Guardian, October 2019

Review of Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem, Caught By The River

Review of Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, the Weekend FT, July 2019

Taking refuge in the treetops, for the New Statesman, June 2019

The Books that Made Me, for the Guardian, June 2019

Good Person, for The Clearing, June 2019

Review of Who Owns England? for the New Statesman, May 2019

Review of Timesong by Julia Blackburn, the Weekend FT, February 2019

Review of We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet, the Guardian, February 2019

Review of Tamarisk Row and Border Districts by Gerald Murnane, for the FT, February 2019

Fallen from the skies: a seasonal reflection for The New Statesman, February 2019

Review of Homeland by Walter Kempowski, for the Guardian, December 2018

Shadows & Reflections, for Caught By The River, December 2018

Review of Landfill by Tim Dee, November 2018

Column for BBC Wildlife magazine, October 2018

Escape to the country: on moving to Suffolk, the Guardian, August 2018

Review of ‘The Guardians’, a film directed by Xavier Beauvoir, for Curzon Cinemas, August 2018

Review of How to be Famous by Caitlin Moran, the Weekend FT, July 2018

Review of A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings, the Guardian, July 2018

Review of Shatila Stories, the Guardian, July 2018

Review of White Houses by Amy Bloom, the Weekend FT, June 2018

Review of The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Caught By The River, May 2018

A Postcard from Deep England, Caught By The River, May 2018

Review of Census by Jesse Ball, the Weekend FT, April 2018

Review of Mothers by Chris Power, the Guardian, March 2018

Review of Western Wind by Samantha Harvey for the Weekend FT, March 2018

Review of Educated by Tara Westover, the Weekend FT, February 2018

Review of The Wanderers by Tim Pears, The Guardian, January 2018

Review of Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman for the Weekend FT, December 2017

The Best Books of 2017, the Weekend FT, November 2017

Review of Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello, the Weekend FT, Nov 2017

Afloat on Shreen Water, for Caught By The River, September 2017

Nature Notebook, The Times, August 2017

Review of Madame Zero by Sarah Hall, the Weekend FT, July 2017

Opinion piece: club keepsakes, Mixmag, July 2017

Review of Watling Street by John Higgs, the Weekend FT, July 2017

Stronger together: a guest blog for Nature Vibezzz, June 2017

Review of An English Guide to Birdwatching by Nicholas Royle, the Guardian, June 2017

Review of Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout in the Weekend FT, May 2017

Review of Attrib. by Eley Williams in the Weekend FT, April 2017

Review of A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume, The Weekend FT, March 2017

Review of Ashland & Vine by John Burnside, The Weekend FT, February 2017

Review of Fathers & Sons by Howard Cunnell, The Weekend FT, January 2017

Review of Midwinter by Fiona Melrose, The Guardian, December 2016

Review of Where Poppies Blow, the Weekend FT, November 2016

Guest column, Country Walking magazine, September 2016

A Record of Killing, an essay for Hexham Book Festival’s 10th anniversary collection

Review of Estuary by Rachel Lichtenstein, for the Weekend FT, September 2016

A dip in Shreen Water, for Caught By The River, August 2016

Review of Dadland by Keggie Carew for the Weekend FT, July 2016

Review of Addlands by Tom Bullough for the Weekend FT, June 2016

Review of A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters, for the Weekend FT, May 2016

Review of The Wood for the Trees by Richard Fortey, for the Weekend FT, April 2016

Review of Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris, for the Guardian, April 2016

Top 10 depictions of rain in British literature, for the Guardian, April 2016

Review of Six Facets of Light by Ann Wroe, for The Sunday Telegraph, April 2016

Review of Skies by Alison Brackenbury, for Caught By The River (March 2016)

Essay on topography and our growing disconnection from landscape, for The Guardian (March 2016)

Review of Uprooted: In Search of the Green Man for the Weekend FT (March 2016)

Learning to love our wet English weather, for the Evening Standard (March 2016)

Review of The Maker of Swans for the Weekend FT (February 2016)

Conservation bodies must learn to work together, opinion piece for BBC Wildlife magazine (January 2016)

Nature Books of the Year, The Times (December 2015)

On ecoliteracy, for the Wildlife Trusts’ Every Child Wild campaign (November 2015)

Review of Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt, the Weekend FT (Oct

Review of The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey, Caught By The River (October 2015)

Review of The Land of the Green Man by Carolyne Larrington, Literary Review (September 2015)

Review of Hotel by Joanna Walsh, the Weekend FT (September 2015)

Review of Southesaster by Haroldo Conti, the Weekend FT (September 2015)

Return to Shreen Water, Caught by the River (August 2015)

Review of Nothing But Grass by Will Cohu, The Guardian (July 2015)

Review of Field Notes from the Edge by Paul Evans, for the Weekend FT (June 2015)

The Pleasures of May for Caught By The River (June 2015)

Review of I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers for the Weekend FT (June 2015)

Introduction* to Silver Ley by Adrian Bell, reissued by Slightly Foxed Books (June 2015). *Click image to read

On Tooting Common, for The Wildlife Trusts (May 2015)

Secrets and Lives, for The Big Issue (May 2015)

How to get to grips with writing a book? Take a walk on the wild side, for The Guardian (April 2015)

Review of The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks, for Weekend FT (April 2015)

Review of Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane, Weekend FT (February 2015)

A letter on the theme of ‘protest’, for The Letters Page (edn 5), and corresponding Q&A (Febr

Where are all the women? A review of The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury, for Caught By The River (February 2015)

Books of the Year: nature, The Times (December 2014)

Shadows and Reflections, for Caught By The River (December 2014)

Review of Ten Million Aliens by Simon Barnes, for the Times (October 2014)

Review of Mr Mac And Me by Esther Freud, for the Weekend FT (October 2014)

Review of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, for the Weekend FT (August 2014)

Review of H Is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald, for the Weekend FT (July 2014)

In conversation with Helen Macdonald, author of H Is For Hawk, for Caught by the River (August 2014)

Generation XX: feminism reinvented, for the Weekend FT (July 2014)

Caught by an Unknown River, for Caught By The River (May 2014)

Landscape Biography, for Jane Rusbridge’s ‘Piece on Place’ blog (April 2014)

Five of the Best British Words for Rain, for the Weekend FT (February 2014)

The Dig by Cynan Jones, for the Weekend FT (February 2014)

On being disruptive, for Gladstone’s Library (February 2014)

Review of The Ravens by Tomas Bannerhed, for the Weekend FT (January 2014)

Author! Author! on giving public readings, for Writers & Artists Yearbook (January 2014)

Against All Advice: on the value of writing tips, for Waterstones (January 2014)

Review of The Seasons by Nick Groom, for the Weekend FT (December 2013)

Shadows and Reflections, for Caught By The River (December 2013)

Mellow Fruitfulness: Ronald Blythe’s Wormingford books for Slightly Foxed (December 2013)

A review of Four Fields by Tim Dee, for Caught By The River (August 2013)

On Shreen Water: a postcard from Dorset, for Caught By The River (August 2013)

Let your kids go wild this summer, for BabyJumble (July 2013)

A review of Tiny Islands by Dixe Wills, for The Island Review (June 2013)

On becoming a writer: guest post for Lloyd Paige’s books blog (June 2013)

A review of All The Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld, for the Weekend FT (June 2013)

A review of Deer Island by Neil Ansell, for Caught By The River (June 2013)

If On A Winter’s Night: a true story for the My London Story iPad/iPhone app (requires free download), April 2013

Splendour in the Grass: the nature writing renaissance, for the Weekend FT, March 2013

A review of The Silt Road by Charles Rangeley-Wilson, for Earthlines (February 2013)

Field Notes from a Hidden City by Esther Woolfson, reviewed for Caught By The River, February 2013

Research Notes: how Clay came to be, for Necessary Fiction, February 2013

A Walk on the Wild Side: South-west London’s parks and green spaces, for SWmagazine, February 2013

Fostering a Personal Connection to Nature, for the National Trust, February 2013

My City is not Your City: the many versions of London, for The Big Issue, January 2013

Shadows & Reflections: a year in Streatham, for Caught By The River, December 2012

A review of Jean Sprackland’s book Strands, for Caught By The River, July 2012

Nature Book Reader, for Caught By The River, July 2012

A Postcard from Dorset, for Herb Lester, June 2012

A review of Kathleen Jamie’s book Sightlines, for Caught by The River, April 2012

In Praise of Boredom, for Strictly Writing, March 2011