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Landmarks Hardcover – 1 March 2015

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Publisher's description. The number one bestselling book from the author of The Old Ways. This is a celebration of the special relationship between language and place, a field guide to nature writers from Roger Deakin to Nan Shepherd, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable, poetic, funny, peculiar and endangered words to describe the natural world. (Penguin)

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)

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane was born in Nottinghamshire in 1976. He is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways and Landmarks. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times. He is currently working on an illustrated children's book about the natural world in collaboration with illustrator Jackie Morris.

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hamish Hamilton (1 March 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241146534
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241146538
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 665 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 4.57 x 23.5 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 555 ratings

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R. E. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like words, nature and the Great Outdoors you'll enjoy ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 June 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of fascinating facts and ideas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nature writing about nature writing
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea but a random collection of folklore
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2021
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