Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell has travelled in over fifty countries, written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Big Issue. He is an award winning television journalist with the BBC where he works in news and current affairs and contributes to nature programmes.

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. Deer Island followed with Little Toller, The Last Wilderness and then The Circling Sky with Tinder Press.

Praise for The Circling Sky
‘A beautiful evocation of life in a forest and a powerful reminder of the interconnected fate of all wild things, including ourselves’ Raynor Winn

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’


‘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… the rhythms and rituals of life in the British wilderness’

Financial Times