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Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 05/05/2016
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Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2015.

Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words.

Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather.

Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

A critically acclaimed writer, journalist and fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Robert Macfarlane’s wide-ranging non-fiction writing encompasses nature, language, memory, landscape, literature and travel. His books include The Old WaysMountains of the MindThe Wild PlacesHolloway (with Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards) and Landmarks. His wonderful new book, The Lost Words was published on 2nd October 2017 and is available now.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241967874
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Thoughtful and lyrical writing . . . It's gorgeous.' - Katy Guest, Independent on Sunday 

'Enormously pleasurable, deeply moving . . . Landmarks is both a bid to save our rich hoard of landscape language, and a blow struck for the power of a deep creative relationship to place.' - Financial Times 

'His writing has a confidence and enjoyment, a passionate purpose . . . he celebrates our vast, but evaporating, vocabulary for the landscape.' - Daily Telegraph 

'A story like this is salutary...Landmarks is a book that ought to be read by policymakers, educators, armchair environmentalists and active conservationists the world over.' - Guardian

'The writing is full of clarity and internal reflections and the chapters ripple over into each other like a linked chain of mountain pools.... What is remarkable about these words is how precise they are, and how deeply local. They feel as if they somehow grew out of the land itself. A delight.' - Sunday Times Magazine 

'The mood is one of celebration... [Landmarks is] the product of an active academic intelligence and emotional generosity, irradiated by a profound sense of wonder... Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly.' - Independent 

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“What an Absolute Pleasure.”

What an absolute pleasure to read, and a superb investigation and exploration of how we describe and enjoy our own local landscapes. He does have a lovely way of writing and he so obviously loves his subject and this... More

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