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Glossaries of enchantment

Robert Macfarlane and others in the new nature writing movement believe that language can not only describe the natural world, but preserve it

By Jane Shilling   April 2015

Mysterious world: the Brindled Moor on the Island of Lewis. © Juan Carlos Munoz/WWE/AGE Fotostock

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton, £20)

Here are some words that Robert Macfarlane would like us to know. And not just know, but to use in conversation: astar, griggles, carvet. They mean, respectively, the area of moor where sheep spend their first summer and to which they tend to return (Gaelic); small apples left on the tree (southwest England); and a…

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