Allan Jenkins

Why do many spiritual communities have their first service by 4.30am and why do British Benedictine nuns rise at 5am, for prayers with vigils at 6am?

Through interviews with leading scientists and psychologists, as well as with night workers and market porters, Morning will look at what makes the early hours of the day so special.

Morning will examine different breakfast routines, and their importance for many cultures. It will visit yoga shalas and gyms, sharing in their morning practice. It will consider how making an effort to rise early once a week, or even once a fortnight, can add precious hours to our lives. And it will include a series of exercises, physical, psychological and spiritual, for making the most of the first few hours of the day.

This is Allan Jenkins’ exploration of how the light lifts, the sun rises, the birds sing (or not) at different times of the year. It is the story of morning: its rituals, its inhabitants and its benefits.

Reviews of Morning

    • ‘In this philosophical hymn to the pleasure of waking early Allan Jenkins says that dawn is an enchanted world behind a hidden door, a time where you can be anybody you want to be, because the rest of the world is asleep… it steadily becomes incredibly persuasive … there’s a golden period to do the things that are otherwise impossible in our busy lives. Seize the day indeed’ Observer
    • ‘A lovely read: illuminating conversations with early risers, from Jamie Oliver to dawn-seeking fishermen, interspersed with diary-style essays. It made me want to set my alarm a full hour earlier’ Psychologies
    • Praise for Allan Jenkins:
    • ‘Plot 29 is a superbly written testament to the power of earth to nourish and heal. The writing is taut and honed to a sinewy strength, but rich with evocation and delight … I loved it’ Monty Don
    • ‘The sort of book you never forget reading: devastating, haunting and utterly beautiful’ India Knight
    • ‘An absolutely original book. Absolutely brilliant. The best family memoir I’ve read in years’ Bill Buford
    • ‘Allan Jenkins blooms. His garden bears fruit. Enter the seasons with him and grow. I love this book’ Lemn Sissay