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Britannia Obscura: Mapping Britain's Hidden Landscapes (Paperback)
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Britannia Obscura: Mapping Britain's Hidden Landscapes (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 19/11/2015
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Longlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize Welcome to a large small island. The outline of the British Isles is instantly recognisable. But jostling within that familiar profile are countless vying maps of the country. Some of these maps are founded on rock, or on the natural features of the land. Far more are built on dreams - on human activity, effort, and aspiration. From investigations of caves and megaliths to canals and airspace, Joanne Parker reveals a country with countless competing centres and ceaselessly shifting borders - a land where one person's sleepy, unexceptional province will always be the busy heart of another's map. Britannia Obscura opens our eyes to the infinitely layered, rich and surprising landscape of Britain.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784700003
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 180 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This prodigious book takes us on a fascinating excursion around a Britain obscure to most of us" * Daily Mail *
"Original and engaging." -- Gillian Tindall * Literary Review *
"An affectionate, alternative exploration to make readers feel more familiar with Britain." * Great Outdoors *
"Parker's tour is conducted with a light touch in prose which makes learning from her a pleasure. She makes delightful connections between eras and activities, and is conscious of the value of the unknown and uncertain in our lives... At twice the length this book would have been no less enjoyable." -- Horatio Clare * Daily Telegraph *
"[Joanne Parker's] book is an eye-opener." -- Andrew McNeillie * Country Life *

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“Surprisingly Engrossing!”

Britannia Obscura by Joanne Parker is the book a lot of people will ignore thinking it is not for them as it will be rather academic and a little dry. Well they would be wrong as they would be missing an engrossing... More

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16th February 2015
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