This is my manifesto for morning. I will make the case for being alert at first light. The gift of more time in the morning so easily given and so easily missed. There is an energy in the earlier hours, an awareness I enjoy. We tend to wake as late as we can, timed to when we have to work. But we don’t need to chase the day.’
In Morning, Allan Jenkins shows how getting up earlier even once a week or month can free us to be more imaginative, to maybe read, to walk, to write, to sow seed. He talks to other early risers such as cook Jamie Oliver and actor Samuel West, to poets and painters. We hear from a neuroscientist about sleep, a philosopher about dawn, a fisherman about light. Allan wakes early, he listens, he looks. He introduces us to a secret world. This is a celebration of dawn and morning: the best time of day.
Allan Jenkins is the author of the acclaimed Plot 29: A Memoir, and editor of Observer Food Monthly. He was previously editor of the Observer Magazine, food and drink editor on the Independent newspaper and once lived in an experimental eco-community on Anglesey, growing organic food on the edge of the Irish sea.