TIFFANY FRANCIS-BAKER
 

DARK SKIES: A JOURNEY INTO THE WILD NIGHT

Darkness has shaped the lives of humans for millennia. In Dark Skies, Tiffany Francis travels around Britain and Europe to learn more about nocturnal landscapes and our connection with the night sky.

Over the course of a year, Tiffany travels through different nightscapes across the UK and beyond. She experiences 24-hour daylight while swimming in the Gulf of Finland and visits Arctic Norway to witness the Northern Lights and speak to people who live in darkness for three months each year. She hikes through the haunted yew forests of Kingley Vale, embarks on a nocturnal sail down the River Dart, feeds foxes on a south London estate, and listens to nightjars churring on a Sussex heathland.

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As she travels, Tiffany delves into the history of the ancient rituals and seasonal festivals that for thousands of years humans have linked with the light and dark halves of our year. How has our relationship with darkness and the night sky changed over time? How have we used stars and other cosmic phenomena to tell stories about our lives and the land around us? In this nature narrative, Tiffany explores nocturnal landscapes and investigates how our experiences of the night-time world have permeated our history, folklore, science, geography, art and literature. The author also illustrated the front cover and 13 illustrations inside the book, including those below.

Dark Skies will be published on 5 September 2019 with Bloomsbury

‘Witching Hour’ by Tiffany Francis

‘Witching Hour’ by Tiffany Francis

‘Taxus Baccata’ by Tiffany Francis

‘Taxus Baccata’ by Tiffany Francis

‘Midnight Sun’ by Tiffany Francis

‘Midnight Sun’ by Tiffany Francis

‘The Dart’ by Tiffany Francis

‘The Dart’ by Tiffany Francis

 

‘IN NATURE, NOTHING EXISTS ALONE.’

RACHEL CARSON, SILENT SPRING 

 
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