09 January 2020, The Tablet

Speed reading: Marcus Tanner mines the magic of winter


In the world of Sunday supplements, winter is one long cosy evening beside a roaring fire, a time for hot toddies and spicy treats, snuggling and indulgence. But, for some, it’s not a time of delight but of torment – three to four months of chronic anguish, fear and depression, brought on mainly by the lack of light. Horatio Clare resolved to a keep a diary of his long slog through one winter, not so much to exorcise his demons as to understand them. The result, The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal (Elliott & Thompson, £9.99; Tablet price £9), is not nearly as depressing as it sounds.

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