The Plot: A Biography of My Father's English Acre (Paperback)
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The Plot: A Biography of My Father's English Acre (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 01/07/2010
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Madeleine Bunting is one of the most high-profile commentators in Britain. Her father was deeply conservative, with romantic, old-fashioned views about England. After his death, and wanting to understand him better, Bunting began to explore his passionate, lifelong attachment to a small plot of land in North Yorkshire. Delving deep into the rich history of this acre, she uncovers traces of its Neolithic inhabitants and of the Cistercian monks; she learns of the medieval battles and considers the changing face of agriculture and leisure. The result sheds a fascinating light on what a contested, layered place England is, and on what belonging to a place might mean to all of us. The Plot is an original, heartfelt and deeply political book.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847081445
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


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'Madeleine Bunting's multidimensional chronicle is among the very best pieces of non-fiction to have been published in a long while about what it is like to be English' Simon Schama, Financial Times 'An intriguing and elegant chronicle of a wild and woolly patch of England - Bunting is on finest form dealing with recent history, particularly when she exposes the modern cultural myth of the rural idyllA" and the very English idiocy of preserving this view while the environment dies. Her scholarship ultimately produces a persuasive argument for a more potent sense of place in rootless, mobile Britain' Sunday Times 'Bunting's exploration of the relationships between place and people is wide-ranging, researched with great intelligence and richly supported by detail' Guardian 'A startling, willed, one-off book - What she sets out to do is to look at the acre of land in the middle of nowhereA", with scholarly zest, until it becomes no longer a nowhere but a somewhere, known and minutely understood. She is an exemplary guide - Her greatest achievement is to work a single acre to produce a more general portrait of England - Above all, she questions what belonging is and discovers that it is about commitment rather than possessionA"' Observer

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“A father seen through the lens of landscape”

This is more of a biography than a natural history book, and that is no bad thing.

John Bunting was a well known sculptor and artist, and this book is his daughter trying to find out about her father by using the... More

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“A wonderful look into place and history.”

I really didn't know what to expect of this book but being a Yorkshire woman I was interested in the area where 'The Plot' is located.
I found the look back in time of this specific area fascinating as... More

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“So good I re-read this book as soon as I'd finished it!”

The Plot is a remarkable and absorbing memoir of family, place and faith. Set in the landscape of the edge lands of the North Yorkshire Moors, with the dramatic chalk figure of the Kilburn white horse as a backdrop. I... More

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