The Trespasser’s Companion – A field guide to reclaiming what is already ours

Nick Hayes



  • Bloomsbury
  • 2022
  • ISBN 9781526646453
  • 288 pages
  • Hardcover
  • 24 × 16 × 3 cm

The Trespasser’s Companion is a rallying cry for greater public access to nature and a gently seditious guide to how to get it: by trespassing.

We are excluded from the majority of our land and waterways in England, but bestselling writer Nick Hayes shows how reclaiming our connection to nature would be better both for us, and for nature. By stepping over the fences that bar us from the countryside, by engaging more deeply with nature through craft, education, and citizen science, we can rediscover not only a land that has been hidden from us for too long, but also reignite our collective responsibility to protect it.

Interwoven are testimonials from expert contributors – farmers and landworkers, activists and authors – each with deeply personal stories of what a connection to nature means for them. With exquisite woodcut illustrations throughout, this is both a love letter to our land and a call to action.

Nick Hayes is an author, illustrator and printmaker. He has published four graphic novels with Jonathan Cape and has worked for, among others, the Literary Review, Time Out, the British Council, the New Statesman and the Guardian. His first non-fiction book, The Book of Trespass, was a Sunday Times Bestseller. He has exhibited across the country, including at the Hayward Gallery. He lives on a canal boat with no fixed address.

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