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Told through Bullough's captivating prose and Morris' stunning illustrations, Sarn Helen is a mesmerising exploration of Wales, from the myths and history of the nation to the alarming effects of climate change on its coastline today.
Waterstones Welsh Book of the Year 2023
Longlisted for the James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2023
From the author of Addlands, and featuring illustrations by Jackie Morris, an immersive and evocative non-fictional journey through Wales and a revelatory meditation on the nation's past, present and future.
Sarn Helen - Helen's Causeway - is the old Roman Road that runs from the south of Wales to the north. As Tom walks the route, sometimes alone, sometimes in company, he describes the changing landscape around him and explores the political, cultural and mythical history of this country that has been so divided, by language and by geography.
Running alongside this journey is the story of Tom's engagement with the issue of the climate crisis and its likely impact on the Welsh coastline. From one of Wales' most celebrated younger writers, Sarn Helen is at once a vivid and immersive portrait of a nation, and a resonant meditation upon the way in which we are shaped by place and in turn shape the places - potentially irrevocably.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 30 mm
'Vital, and urgent with concern. You cannot leave this book without its message thundering in your head. It is not enough to walk old routes. This was. Now what?' - Cynan Jones
'A profound and beautiful portrait of Wales. With great charm and learning, Tom Bullough walks us through the country's leafy backways, its deep pasts, the sparkling shards of its identity, its vanishing rural traditions and its fragile ecology.' - Philip Marsden
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