About this project
Matthew Oates has written a unique book for the winter months - a reminder of what is awaiting us in the brighter months if we go out and meet it. Inspired by the poetic approach to nature and the long hot summer of 1976, to which the book is dedicated, he chronicles a series of adventures and musings during the months of an English spring and summer, and argues most eloquently why we need nature - to help us feel rooted, to replenish our souls, because nature is part of us, and we are part of it. The book contains some of his highest quality natural history experiences, encountered from spring’s genesis through to summer’s fulfilment in autumn, from the Scilly Isles up to the Lake District fell tops, and back by way of the Peak District, the Norfolk Broads and the White Cliffs of Dover, all in the form of short chapters designed for snatch reading.
There are some lovely quotes and poems from the greats such as Edward Thomas, and also some of the English living greats...
Above all, this book describes the spiritual landscape in which this lifelong lover of nature exists.
There IS only only one "reward" included in this campaign: and that is the purchase of the HARDBACK copy of Beyond Spring by Matthew Oates.
This book will NOT be available to buy new, in hardback form, at any other time or place - than during this Kickstarter campaign. There is NO maximum limit to how many hardback books can be purchased during this campaign - and approx 100 other copies will be printed for author, reviews, British Library etc.
The PAPERBACK version will be in the shops, available online and from all bookshops from its publication date in October 2017.
I have created three reward levels in case you want the ease of buying 2 or 3 copies in one go - but there is no financial advantage - even in post and packing costs - if you do buy multiple copies. The cost of post and packing is £5 in UK; and £13 to anywhere else in the world. It is a little more expensive because I will send them at a more secure level. You should receive your book(s) in June or July... if it is later than that I will post an update and that will only be if we are inundated with buyers/ supporters. (Which would be lovely!) I do have a team of friends ready to help if that is the case so that shouldn't actually be a problem :)
ABOUT ITS AUTHOR - MATTHEW OATES
If you don't already know of Matthew Oates, let me fill you in a bit:
Matthew is a well-known broadcaster and ecologist.
Graduating in English, Matthew then moved into the world of nature conservation and has been at the National Trust since 1990. He is particularly drawn to people’s relationships with nature, places and seasons, and increasingly the impact of weather on wildlife. The National Trust’s current Spirit of Place programme is particularly dear to his heart. The programme will collect the views of people who love a place the National Trust cares for, whether that’s a stretch of coastline, an ancient woodland or a country house. Future conservation work will be guided by understanding what these places mean to people.
Matthew is also a well known broadcaster. He’s made a number of appearances on BBC Radio 4 - from the Today programme and Shared Earth, to presenting two short series: In Pursuit of the Ridiculous and In Pursuit of Spring. His TV credits include The One Show, Springwatch, Great British Summer, and Butterflies - A Very British Obsession. As he says: 'It’s impossible to visit one of our places without discovering something new, often about oneself. My job is a voyage of discovery.'
Reviews for his most recent book: In Pursuit of Butterflies:-
Oates ... writes entrancingly, with the sunniest good humour. His book, with its old-school, loving erudition, is nature-writing of the sort that never goes out of fashion. The Sunday Times This book is an infectious, instantly joyful love song to butterflies ... Written in prose as delicate and enticing as the creatures themselves, this read will release your inner flutter -- Miriam Darlington BBC Wildlife A joy to read, bubbling with knowledge, enthusiasm and insight. Robert Macfarlane ... a memoir which is knowledgeable, cultured and a welcome throwback to a gently comic kind of English nature writing. The Independent Oates is unquestionably authentic and his voice is vivid, witty and unapologetic ... his writing is suffused with a love for the spirit of the English countryside. The Guardian Lyrical, eccentric, charming and historical, In Pursuit of Butterflies is altogether unique. Butterfly magazine One of the best summaries of why nature matters and how we should all care. Spectator The writing is perfectly judged, combining a gift for story-telling and for conveying fact with an ever-present sensitivity and self-awareness. There is the author's own poetry too, deeply felt and beautifully crafted. Rare Bird Alert It reminded me of my childhood delight in butterflies - and indeed rekindled it. -- Helen Hewett Cotswolds Life When the weather turns stormy and the butterfly year is over I can turn to this book and be enchanted once again and dream of days to come next year. Pembrokeshire Life He [Oates] writes with lyrical affection about the wonderful variety of British butterflies and moths... His enthusiasm is never less than inspiring. Daily Mail It is his infectious enthusiasm as much as his deep knowledge that makes the book so worthwhile ... He writes entrancingly, with the sunniest good humour. His book, with its old-school, almost loving erudition, is nature-writing of the sort that never goes out of fashion. The Sunday Times
So you can start to imagine my excitement at the possibility of publishing Matthew Oates' newest book... an excitement which reached a level, almost too big to bear, once I had read the manuscript.
HOWEVER - a small publishing house is in a very precarious position - a great success can have almost more calamitous consequences than a flop...
THEREFORE, with Matthew's agreement - I thought I could run this kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to print both the hardback AND paperback versions - while offering YOU a unique opportunity to buy a hardback copy of Beyond Spring - which will only be available new - through THIS campaign.
Win, win?! I do hope you agree.
Risks and challenges
As you will see under the About Me section - I have been running Fair Acre Press since 2011. Our first book Shropshire Butterflies - a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire has sold out. Our books are receiving five star reviews, are being shortlisted, and are winning awards.
Matthew and I have finished the editing stage and the book is, as I open this campaign, with a brilliant proofreader. Oh. and Matthew has signed the contract!
We have a cover (though the picture above is a draft version - as the cover will be the last part of the book to be completed)
We have quotes from high quality printers.
We have representation and a distributor for UK and Eire for the paperback when it is published
The ISBN number for the hardback and paperback are registered.
All we need is enough funding to be able to really give this wonderful book the send-off into the world it deserves.
So the challenges are all fine.
The risk is that we won't raise enough money to print this book. (I no longer have any spare personal funds to pay for the printing myself).
But as you can see - it will take just 250 people to buy this book for us to reach the minimum needed to fund this book - and as In Pursuit of Butterflies has already sold 25 thousand copies... I hope this risk, too, is small :)
And of course the more hardback copies we sell at this stage the better for both the book, as we can print more paperback copies.
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