Landmarks (Hardcover)

By Robert MacFarlane

Penguin UK, 9780241146538, 400pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/2/2016)

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Description

#1 bestseller on the UK Sunday Times list, from the acclaimed author of The Old Ways

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to describe land, nature, and weather. Traveling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd, and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.


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.


Praise For Landmarks

"Thoughtful and lyrical writing. . . It's gorgeous."  —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