What (am I currently reading)?
I am currently reading A Rustle in the Grass by Robin Hawdon
(Blurb from Amazon.co.uk)
Above ground the countryside stretches quietly, majestically beneath the changing skies. Peaceful and untroubled, far from the wars and woes of man, nature moves through her timeless cycles.
But look closer. For in the secret world beneath the grasses lies an empire in turmoil. A revered leader had died and, as the enemy prepares its armies for war, rebellion is whispered through the undergrowth. There in the kingdom of the ants the old order crumbles and the new prepares for its explosive birth. No single insect, from magnificent war leader to defiant rebel, from wise elder statesman to upstart contender, from beloved Queen to emerging young champion, is impervious to the revolutionary changes within the hierarchy, or the gathering threat from a terrible foe.
Man may be ignorant of the cataclysmic battles unfolding beneath his vision, but he should take note. His struggles are not so very different….
Why (have I chosen to read it)?
Following my review of the wonderful novel The Bees by Laline Paull , where I learnt so much about bees through fiction, someone on Twitter (sorry I can’t remember who you were!) recommended A Rustle in the Grass to me. Part of my love of hiking, is the wonder of nature, so to learn more about the ants scurrying around in the woods, via fiction, sounded just right for me.
Where (have I been reading it)?
Some of my reading has been beside this wonderful ant hill close to my home .