The Making Of The British Landscape

The Making Of The British Landscape

How much do we really know about the place we call ‘home’? In this sweeping, timely book, Nicholas Crane tells the story of Britain.

Over the course of 12,000 years of continuous human occupation, the British landscape has been transformed form a European peninsula of glacier and tundra to an island of glittering cities and exquisite countryside.

In this geographical journey through time, we discover the ancient relationship between people and place and the deep-rooted tensions between town and countryside. From tsunamis to Roman debacles, from henge to high-rise and hamlet to metropolis, this is a book about change and adaptation. As Britain lurches towards a more sustainable future, it is the story of our age.
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Genre: Humanities / History / Regional & National History / European History / British & Irish History

On Sale: 5th October 2017

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780753826676

Reviews

Nicholas Crane is an engaging writer who handles his vast canvas with confidence and clarity...It's no suprise that Mr Crane won the Royal Geographical Society's award for popularising geography.
John Gummer, COUNTRY LIFE
'A definitive, encyclopaedic read and an evocative paean to the evolution of our scenery by the vastly knowledgeable BBC presenter, Nick Crane. A revealing glimpse of the Britain that once was and how we made it the place it is today'
BBC COUNTRYFILE
I'm just starting to read Nicholas Crane's epic tome The Making of the British Landscape and I'm enthralled
Steve Watkins, OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY
'This is his greatest work for those curious to understand the geographical layers that have shaped Great Britain. From diminishing ice to the peak of our London urban Shard, Crane has captured the chronology of change of our landscapes, full of facts, imagination and archaeology'
Nigel Winser, GEOGRAPHICAL
'The book I want most for Christmas is the satisfyingly hefty The Making of the British Landscape by the ever reliable Nicholas Crane'
Bill Bryson, OBSERVER Books of the Year
'Ambitious, magnificent . . . Crane is excellent at describing climate, geology and shifting shorelines, but is at his best when plaiting together earth-shaping events with humankind and civilisation'
Andrea Wulf, Guardian
'The book I admired most was Nicholas Crane's The Making of the British Landscape as panoramic as it is revelatory'
Tom Holland, OBSERVER Books of the Year
'A book I absolutely loved'
Tom Holland (@holland_tom)
It is an astonishingly imaginative effort...full of unforgettable things...What makes his book compelling is its wholeness. It is the account of something as knitted as a marriage.
Laura Beatty, THE OLDIE
'This is the fascinating story of how 12,000 years of human occupation have shaped the landscape of Britain, Europe's largest island, through hunter-gathering, agriculture and industry, up to the present day'
MAIL ON SUNDAY Christmas Books
It is clear throughout this story that Crane cares for the British landscape's future as well as its past, and wants us to care too.
Rebecca Andrew, BBC HISTORY
'Crane's book earns its place in the pantheon and it will hopefully inspire a passion for our landscapes in a new generation of readers'
Richard J Mayhew, LITERARY REVIEW
'A richly textured, thoughtful examination'
Andrew Holgate, SUNDAY TIMES Christmas Books
'This is a magnificent, epic work by a national treasure . . . Nothing escapes his eye . . . and the sweep of history, brought to life in superb prose, is oddly moving. A tour de force'
Bel Mooney, DAILY MAIL
Crane cleverly integrates environmental evidence and climate change throughout.
Matt Ritchie, BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY
'Crane provides a masterful account of how landscapes were settled and shaped'
THE NATIONAL
Nicholas Crane's sweeping history encourages such a long view...He displays an impressive mastery of the details of countless archaelogical excavations that join up the fragments from which Britain's earliest story must be deduced.
Richard Fortey, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
'Pungent, dramatic and drawing deeply on recent research . . . a geographer's love letter to the British and the land that formed them - and which they transformed over many millennia of creative labour. As such, it is dramatic, lyrical and even inspiring, and given all those rocks, remarkably readable'
James McConnachie, SUNDAY TIMES
This planet is 4.5 billion years old, but it's sobering to realise how recently the world as we know it came into being. Only 10,000 years ago, these islands were joined to Europe and much of the North Sea was covered by the Dogger Hills. This epic book charts these incredible changes.
Simon Shaw, MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Superb chronicle of the physical characteristics of Europe's largest island'
Nigel Jones, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'The book I'd love for Christmas is Nicholas Crane's The Making of the British Landscape'
Helen Dunmore, OBSERVER Books of the Year
'Nicholas Crane's sweeping The Making of the British Landscape shows how fragile are the views we love best, and how critical it is to guard them'
Simon Jenkins, EVENING STANDARD
'The Making of the British Landscape by Nicholas Crane does exactly what it says on the tin, providing a panoramic account of the past 12,000 years that is simultaneously scholarly, lyrical and moving'
Tom Holland, NEW STATESMAN
Well structure...This is prose of the highest order
Anthony Fletcher, HISTORY TODAY
'This is storytelling at its best. Crane's subject is the British landscape - the relationship between people and place, and how climate and population shaped our world ... written with brio (and) insight'
Clive Aslet, THE TIMES