The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us (Paperback)Nick Hayes (author)
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Investigating the vast swathes of land currently forbidden to the general public, Hayes's passionately argued book is both a call to trespass and a wholesale re-evaluation of ownership and privilege.
Shortlisted for the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2021.
The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day.
The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.
Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies, witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protestors, and charting acts of civil disobedience that challenge orthodox power at its heart, The Book of Trespass will transform the way you see the land.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'What a brilliant, passionate and political book this is . . . It tells - through story, exploration, evocation - the history of trespass (and therefore of freedom) in England and beyond, while also making a powerful case for future change. It is bold and brave, as well as beautiful; Hayes's voice is warm, funny, smart and inspiring. The Book of Trespass will make you see landscapes differently' - Robert Macfarlane
'There is no one like Nick Hayes at work today, fusing as he does dazzling artistic ability with a radical political sensibility, and a unique worldview. I see Nick as part of a new wave of multi-talented creative young people responding to questions of landscape in Britain today. Magnificent. Hayes has done a wondrous job. Here is a ribald beauty you find only rarely between two covers.' - The Observer
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