Study of women and nature to Chatto

Claire Coughlan
Rights - NonFiction Tuesday, 19 February 2019

In Her Nature by Rachel Hewitt is 'an original and important contribution to the new nature writing'

Poppy Hampson, editorial director at Chatto, has bought on proposal In Her Nature by Rachel Hewitt. Chatto has UK and Commonwealth rights through Tracy Bohan at the Wylie Agency.

In Her Nature "focuses on female experiences of nature, and recovers encounters and legacies often overshadowed, unnamed and potentially lost within a male-dominated canon of nature writing and natural history". Hewitt's subjects include the charismatic Victorian mountaineer Lizzie Le Blond, the 18th-century governess and hiker Ellen Weeton, and the palaeontologist Mary Anning.

Hewitt, who will deliver her manuscript in autumn 2021, is the author of Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Granta, 2010), which won the RSL Jerwood Award for Non Fiction and was shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year; and A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade That Forged the Modern Mind (Granta, 2017), which won a Gladstone's Library Political Writer's Residency. She has a doctorate in Romantic period English Literature, and has worked at the universities of Queen Mary (London), Glamorgan and Oxford, where she helped to run the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing alongside Hermione Lee. She currently holds a Lectureship in creative writing at the University of Newcastle, where she also leads the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts alongside the poet Sinead Morrissey.

Photo of Rachel Hewitt by Jay Varney

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