Hidden Histories (Paperback)
A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape
Frances Lincoln, 9780711236936, 288pp.
Publication Date: April 5, 2018
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'A definitive classic field guide [...] Its scope is as magnificent as our countryside itself.'
BBC Countryfile Magazine
'This book is perfect for anyone who’s travelled through the countryside, scratched their head, and thought, ‘what on earth is that thing?''
Have you ever driven past a lumpy, bumpy field and wondered what made the lumps and bumps? Or walked between two lines of grand trees and wondered when and why they were planted? Entertaining and factually rigorous, Hidden Histories has the answers and will help you decipher the story of Britain's landscape through the features you can see around you.
In this spotter’s guide, Mary-Ann Ochota arms amateur explorers with the crucial information needed to understand the landscape and spot the human activities that have shaped our green and pleasant land.
- Photographs and diagrams point out specific details and typical examples to help the curious spotter understand what they’re looking at, or looking for.
- Specially commissioned illustrations bring to life the processes that shaped the landscape (from medieval ploughing to Roman road building).
- Stand-alone capsules explore interesting aspects of history (like the Highland Clearances or the coming of Christianity).
- Feature boxes provide definitions of jargon or handy references as required (like a glossary of what different field names mean).
- Each chapter culminates in a checklist of key details to look for, other things it might be, and gives details of where to find some of the best examples in Britain.
From lumps and bumps to stones, lines and villages, Hidden Histories is the must-have spotter’s guide to the British landscape.
About the Author
Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist who gained her MA from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University in 2002. She is a reporter on Channel 4's Unreported World documentary strand, has presented on Time Team, and also programmes on ITV (including on Britain's Secret Treasures, for which she wrote the tie-in book), BBC4, BBC3, Discovery, Animal Planet and is a regular guest on Sky News newspaper review. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun and the Mirror and has contributed to adventure and outdoors magazines in South Africa, USA and the UK, including Getaway, Women's Adventure and Countryfile Magazine.
Praise For Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape…
- Andrew Holgate, The Sunday Times
“...in Hidden Histories, a definitive classic field guide on a neglected area of interest – the landscape itself – is born… its scope is as magnificent as our countryside itself.”- Countryfile Magazine
“A great book to keep in the car ready for all those family days out and holidays. It is packed full of great illustrations that bring the book’s text to life.”- Four Shires
"A field guide that will open your eyes to the countryside in a way that very few books can rival."- Tom Holland, New Statesman
"Hidden Histories is an accessible travelogue through time from prehistoric Britain to recent history. With the easy style of a handbook, it will help you become a Sherlock Holmes of the landscape, able to decipher clues and annoy your friends with factoids about British history… a pleasure for anyone curious about the outdoors."- Geographical