Book Review & Competition

The Natural Explorer has just been reviewed in Countryfile Magazine. Five stars:

"Gooley returns with a highly readable and engaging work devoted to the temporarily mislaid art of's an inspiring account but also a turning point - perhaps a classic in years to come - because its simple aim is to help you recognise what your senses are telling you.

It's also an object lesson in how to frame a call to action, because this is a book you can't put down until you absolutely have to get out and start seeing the world as you should. And that's when the adventure really begins."


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I'm running a small competition on Twitter. One person who retweets and names the artist who inspired the cover of The Natural Explorer will win a signed copy. If you're not on Twitter, you can still have fun trying to work it out. There is a slightly cryptic clue on this page: The best skies in art.

Update and results:

The cover image of The Natural Explorer was inspired by

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich

Congratulations to @GeoBlogs and @LosGazquez_Joya on winning signed copies!

The book builds from explaining how understanding the physical landscape, from geology to botany, can be enhanced by understanding the more ephemeral aspects of landscape: the sky, light, colours, smells and temperatures. The final part of the book is about the sense of wonder that we can experience when we manage to sense the whole. It was this final part that I was keen for the cover to hint at.

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