Neil Ansell has travelled in over fifty countries, written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Big Issue and is an award winning television journalist with the BBC where he has contributed to nature programmes but his main focus is news and current affairs.
Hamish Hamilton published Deep Country, Five Years in the Welsh Hills to rave reviews. It is a book about staying still, about living a life that is the direct opposite of that experienced by most people in our urbanised, over peopled, technically advanced, globalized, ultra connected world.
Praise for Deep Country
‘A gem of a book, an extraordinary tale. Ansell’s rich prose will transport you to a real life Narnian world that C.S.Lewis would have envied. Find your deepest, most comfortable armchair and get away from it all’. Countryfile
‘Touching. Through Ansell’s charming and thoroughly detailed stories of run-ins with red kites, curlews, sparrowhawks, jays and ravens, we see him lose himself…..in the rhythms and rituals of life in the British wilderness’. Financial Times
For his second book, The Rough Bounds, he continues with a similar blend of nature writing, memoir, and writing on place.