Rosie Boycott

The Call of the Wild

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder


Atlantic Books 390pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

When I was a child, I spent most of my time outdoors. I had tree houses and houses made of straw bales in a nearby barn. A friend owned two ponies: together we’d ride for hours, constructing fantasies of being knights of old or Wild-West cowboys. I went fishing in a local stream with my father, catching the occasional trout and cooking it over a fire hastily constructed out of sticks, and eating it on the spot – just minutes after it had been swimming upstream. At night I’d fall asleep planning what I’d do in the great outdoors the following day.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter