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By Neil Ansell | Comments: ( 495 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

Neil Ansell spent five years living between the back of beyond and the middle of nowhere, on his own, with no electricity, gas or water and effectively only the wildlife around him for company His dilapidated cottage, rented for 100 per year, is so exposed to the elements that it appears to rain uphill, and so remote that you can walk for twenty miles west without seeingNeil Ansell spent five years living between the back of beyond and the middle of nowhere, on his own, with no electricity, gas or water and effectively only the wildlife around him for company His dilapidated cottage, rented for 100 per year, is so exposed to the elements that it appears to rain uphill, and so remote that you can walk for twenty miles west without seeing a single other dwelling As the years pass he feels himself dissolving into, and becoming, just another part of the landscape.


  • Title: Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills
  • Author: Neil Ansell
  • ISBN: 9780241145005
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Neil Ansell

Neil Ansell is an award winning freelance journalist and writer He spent seven years with the BBC as a community affairs specialist, working predominantly in television but also in radio, and working in both news and current affairs as researcher, assistant producer and producer.



Comments Deep Country: Five Years in the Welsh Hills

  • Rebecca Foster

    One of the most memorable nature/travel books I’ve ever read; a modern-day Walden. Ansell lived in primitive conditions in a cottage in the Welsh hills for five years. Solitude and surviving on life’s basics suited him, and putting in unlimited time and attention led to absolutely magical encounters with wildlife, especially corvids and birds of prey. His memoir is packed with beautiful lines as well as philosophical reflections on the nature of the self and the difference between isolation [...]


  • David Edmonds

    I heard Neil Ansell discuss his book at Dartington's Ways with Words. What struck me about him was his absolute genuineness. This was not an experience undertaken to write a book, marred by forced comedy or earnestness or excessive enthusiasm. Nor is it a project as such. I liked his observations on birds and animals, compressed from five years experience. It is reminiscent of J A Baker's The Peregrine.


  • Amy

    Peace and quiet. Time to hear yourself think. No need for a clock. All things that sound pretty wonderful to me, and that are found in this lovely book. Neil Ansell spent five years in PenlanCottage in Wales, an extremely isolated location where you won't hear your neighbors argue or their car alarm going off. Instead, bird song and silence.bliss.Let me say immediately that this book is not for everyone. There's no car chases, not really any suspense (unless you count the search for where mother [...]


  • Jeroen

    Books, and the medium of writing that they reach us through, are by their very definition products of culture. In the beginning, there was not the word, no matter how much we writers would like to believe that. Furthermore, writing is almost invariably the result of thought. Even the stream-of-consciousness techniques of the dadaists and surrealists reach us through the authors' minds, the only difference being that they don't give themselves time to examine the thoughts. We could say then that [...]


  • J. Boo

    Precis by the author here: theguardian/environme"What I found was not what you might expect. You might think that such protracted solitude would lead to introspection, to self-examination, to a growing self-awareness. But not for me. What happened to me was that I began to forget myself []I could have stayed forever; becoming, no doubt, steadily more reclusive and eccentric. I had the measure of this life now, it had long since ceased to feel like any kind of a challenge; this was just me living [...]


  • Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

    This was a beautiful, languid read, telling the story of Neil Ansell's five years living in isolation in the Welsh hills. It loosely cycles through the seasons, full of minutely observed anecdotes about birds, wildlife trivia and a smattering of local history. There are some glorious moments, like the time he opened his door to hare on his doorstep. The final chapter is quite brilliant as he reflects back on his experiences. But there was slightly too much bird life for me and not enough of the [...]


  • Marri

    I took the baggage of expectations into this book, which is why I didn't rate it higher; it was a fine book, and I suspect others could enjoy it more than me. I have no criticism of it save for disappointment that my expectations weren't met, and that's all.I had hoped that this would give me insight into the nuts and bolts of homesteading, but aside from some tantalizing brushes with daily life and practical knowledge (cutting wood, making mushroom ketchup), this is more of a bird diary than an [...]


  • Richard Fieldhouse

    It's got birds in it. 5 years without East Enders. Brilliant.


  • Christine Dolan

    A man lives in an isolated cottage in Wales for 5 years, with no phone and no transport. Then he writes about it. His constant companions are the birds and other wild creatures that live in his locality. This book reads like an episode of Springwatch. I was totally absorbed by it, and I miss reading it now. So if you love nature, and want a tranquil read, then this is the book for you.Available at my house for all Springwatch fans to borrow. I am now off to find a cottage in deepest Wales where [...]


  • Huw Rhys

    This book had been recommended to me by someone who knows that I enjoy disappearing into remote parts of the countryside to contemplate life from time to time. I'd bought the book a while back, and saved it up to read at the right timeHow disappointing can a book be?Other than a few pages in the Epilogue, we get very little reflection from the author on how his retreat from the world changed or even affected him in any way.We are told very little about the world outside the few hundred yards or [...]


  • Bettie☯

    3 episodesblurb - Neil Ansell is in search of solitude. He takes up home in a dilapidated cottage in a remote part of the Welsh countryside, on his own, with no electricity, gas or water. He has only wildlife around him for company as he makes the cottage habitable. Written by Neil Ansell and abridged by Willa King, Deep Country is read by Matthew Gravelle. Reader/Matthew Gravelle, Producer/Emma Bodger for BBC CymruThere is a whole sub-genre of books where the solitary life is sought and then wh [...]


  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:A man seeks solitude in a remote part of Wales. An interesting news have been recently published in Dailymail about this author, quite interesting to be read:I thought I was going mad in the mountains in fact it was thyroid disease


  • Lou

    Rather alot about birds, and not enough about how Ansell actually survived, but was an ok read nevertheless.


  • Sarah Goodwin

    This is a book about birds.I was not expecting this. It hardly matters that Mr Ansell is living in a cottage in the middle of nowhere, he may as well be describing long walks he has taken from his terraced council house in any rural village or small town. I was led to believe that this would be a book akin to 'The Call of the Wild' - with practical details and a cohesive narrative of the experience the author had. In that I think the blurb and even the title of the book have set it up to fail, a [...]


  • Wendy

    I enjoyed reading this book, and found the idea of the plan of living alone in the hills intriguing. Reading about the nature and daily life of living in a little dilapidated cottage was a mental balm. I would have personally liked more details about the finer details, e.g. It's not until a good way through the book we find that there is no bathroom. Where does he do his laundry? Does the fire serve as dryer as well as heater? What did he eat? What were his thoughts on the days he had to break t [...]


  • Sam

    I thought this book would be right up my street but I was disappointed. This is less a book about losing oneself in the wild and more a book about birdwatching. It is possible to have a deep interest in the natural world without wanting to read almost exclusively about different species of birds! This massive bias aside the book does offer some nice recollections and even gets quite philosophical towards the end. A must read for bird lovers, less so for others.


  • Peter

    Imagine taking five years away from everyone and spending life with the natural surroundings, your nearest neighbour thirty to forty minutes away.That is what Neil Ansell had done and this wonderful account of his encounters with various wildlife and living in a cottage with no water or electricity is just incredible, a piece of you are there writing.A very compelling story that will draw you in.


  • M.

    What a delightful 2 days spent wandering the Welsh hills with Neil. A leisurely stroll of a book that makes you want to slow down, stop awhile by a stream and just watch. I wouldn't consider myself a birder by any stretch of the imagination but have always delighted in their presence, this book renewed my interest in learning more about who is who in my own woods.


  • Sarah Keane

    It was an enjoyable read but I feel a little cheated as it wasn't what it described itself to be. I was hoping to hear what living alone in the Welsh Hills was like, about the struggles, the hardships the glorious moments and how it affected the writer but what I got was a book about birds. It was however very informative and a nice piece of nature writing.


  • Michele

    A fascinating, deeply engaging personal nature memoir that made me long to go and live on a Welsh mountain, despite the impracticalities that would entail for someone with limited mobility.


  • Chris

    Enjoyable book by Neil Ansell. In it, he narrates the story of the five years he spent living alone in a cottage in the Welsh hills; without electricity and all the trappings of urban life. Just him and the nature around him. And that is what the book is mostly about, the nature. At times it is more like a birdwatcher's journal. But it is never dull or repetitive. As he says in the book, one of the main changes he experienced living in solitude was a greater awareness and appreciation of the del [...]


  • Richard Sutton

    Deep Country has doubtlessly garnered armies of fans in the UK. Neil Ansell's journal-like record of immersion into a natural setting to observe in silence and solitude as a great many threatened species rebounded into the Welsh hills, must have marked many reasons for a nation to celebrate. For me, despite the challenges of unfamiliar places, geographic terms and species, I completed this book deeply moved at the subtext transformation in the author himself. Author Ansell, in the epilogue, rema [...]


  • Sally

    OK, full disclosure: I know the author of this book, albeit not very well, and like him. Neil used to live in a cottage along the valley and up the hill from us. It’s pretty remote: until recently it had no neighbours within a couple of miles, and has no mains water, gas, electricity or phone. This book tells about the five years he spent there, how the solitude affected him, and (mainly) about the natural world he immersed himself in and the birds and animals he saw. I’d say the book is a g [...]


  • Mile

    I have to say this book turned out not to be what I had expected and in a way, not what I had hoped. I had been keen to find out more about Ansell's experience of escaping from the conventional world and spending five years living alone in a isolated stone cottage miles from anywhere. I guess like many people I have sometimes wished I could get away from it all and wondered what it might be like.What led Ansell to make this choice and what did significant people in his family think when he decid [...]


  • Kate

    Almost didn't make it through this one - the man loves birds and seems to remember everyone he sees.But so glad to have pushed on through the ornithological detail. I would have liked more on what life was like in the cottage and the other people in the area - but I think that was the point, the birds and beasties were more important to Ansell than people. He has some interesting insights into the nature of 'self' drawn from his 5 years of solitude and a period of serious illness > 'we tend t [...]


  • Sam Drew

    Neil Ansell spent five years living alone in a small cottage in the Welsh hills: I was expecting a book about why somebody would choose to do such a thing, an analysis of society and its ills, and a description of solitude and what it can do for a person. Deep Country spoiled my expectations for the better: the narrator is transparent, and through him we see the wild in its beauty, matter-of-fact brutality, its permanence. Ansell's prose expels the narrator, and as a result manages to include th [...]


  • Helen

    Not quite what I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless. I suppose I was expecting more of the sort of book which describes in minute detail someone setting out to live in a different place, or choosing a different way of life, but while that is what the author did the book is not quite like those books which recount such ventures (of which there are a fair number). He lived in a remote and delapidated cottage in a wood in Wales for five years (five years being much longer than most authors of [...]


  • Alan Dean

    The best description is that it's a bit like going for a long walk, or series of walks, with an easy going expert with the ability to pull you gently into a world that might otherwise have passed by with only a brief glance. The author lived alone, with the exception of occasional visitors, for five years without electricity or running water in a semi-derelict house in the Welsh hills. Many might do this to "find themselves", but what he found was that instead of turning inwards on a journey of [...]


  • Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath

    Ahead of our event with Neil on 29th July, I just had to reread the fantastic Deep Country! Neil Ansell spent five years living alone in a small cottage in the Welsh hills: I was expecting a book about why somebody would choose to do such a thing, an analysis of society and its ills. Deep Country spoiled my expectations for the better: the narrator is transparent, and through him we see the wild in its beauty, matter-of-fact brutality, its elegant permanence. Ansell's prose expels the narrator, [...]


  • Cissa

    While I'm not a social butterfly, I cannot imagine living 5 years with scarecely6 any human contact (or internet!). And yet, this is what Ansell chose, and his account of his 5 years as a hermit is enthralling.It's not navel-gazing, either; it's mostly about the birds, though other species do get look-ins. He noted that, over time, he "disappeared from his own narrative"- I think that's fascinating.While this is more personal than Bernrd Heinrich's books, I think it will appeal to people who lik [...]


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