The Lost Spells is a gorgeously designed, fully illustrated, one-of-a-kind book that would make the perfect gift book for the holidays. Jackie Morris’ artwork brings to life the poems’ nature themes and would stand out even without the accompanying evocative poems. The Lost Spells is more freely designed than its predecessor, so the poems and illustrations flow across multiple pages. It is also smaller in trim size, but longer. This is a book designed to be carried around by readers and read outdoors in nature.
The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds. Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.