The Wild Places

Robert Macfarlane

Published: 7 July 2008
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781847080189
£9.99

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Published: 9 November 2017
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781783784493
£9.99

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Overview

The Wild Places is both an intellectual and a physical journey, and Macfarlane travels in time as well as space. Guided by monks, questers, scientists, philosophers, poets and artists, both living and dead, he explores our changing ideas of the wild. From the cliffs of Cape Wrath to the holloways of Dorset, the storm-beaches of Norfolk, the salt marshes and estuaries of Essex and the moors of Rannoch and the Pennines, his journeys become the conductors of people and cultures, past and present, who have had intense relationships with these places. Certain birds, animals, trees and objects - snow-hares, falcons, beeches, crows, suns, white stones - recur, and as it progresses this densely patterned book begins to bind tighter and tighter. At once a wonder voyage, an adventure story, an exercise in visionary cartography, and a work of natural history, The Wild Places is written in a style and a form as unusual as the places with which it is concerned. It also tells the story of a friendship, and of a loss. It mixes history, memory and landscape in a strange and beautiful evocation of wildness and its vital importance.


About the author

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Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination, won the 2003 Guardian First Book Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and was adapted by the BBC. It was also shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize for the Literature of Place, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountaineering Literature and the Banff Mountain Literature Award and longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. It was acclaimed as 'one of the two most important books written around the experience of mountains in the past fifty years'. His next book, The Wild Places, was adapted as part of the BBC's Natural World series. Robert MacFarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge with his family. More about the author





 
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