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Britannia Obscura Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker
  

Britannia Obscura Mapping Hidden Britain

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Sue Baker's view...

The outline map of our country, Great Britain is familiar to us all but within that outline there are many different maps familiar to groups of like-minded individuals but unknown to others. There are maps for cavers, canal enthusiasts have their own maps, geologists another, and all of these mapped landscapes are contained in our country. Joanne Parker has set out to discover these other worlds and show new ways of looking at the land around us.

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Britannia Obscura Mapping Hidden Britain by Joanne Parker

What is the shape of Britain? The country's outline, looking a little like a wingless dragon, is instantly recognisable on any map or globe. But jostling within that familiar profile are countless vying maps of the country. Some of these are founded on rock - or on the natural features of the land. But far more are built on dreams - on human activity, effort, and aspiration. Britannia Obscura is an exploration of just a few of these surprising hidden Britains. Through a series of meetings with figures such as the retired army colonel and ley-hunter John Christian, the horse-boater Sue Day, and the cave-explorer Dave Nixon, each of the book's five chapters focuses on how a different group or community imagines the land and our relationship with it. On the megalith-hunter's map of Britain, the teeming metropolis of the country lies not in the South East, but rather amid the moors of its South West corner. The canal map of Britain reveals a land that takes four or five days to cross, and in which major transport routes lie forgotten beneath willowherb and litter. And on the ever-shifting and growing caver's map of Britain there are unknown regions still waiting to be discovered. Together, the book's chapters reveal that Britain is a country with countless competing centres and ceaselessly shifting borders - a land where one person's sleepy, remote and unexceptional province will always be the busy heart of another's map. The book also demonstrates that when viewed through the right lenses, Britain is a surprisingly large small island, which a lifetime of exploration could never exhaust. Ultimately, Britannia Obscura is a book that aims to make its readers more familiar with Britain but also excited about the endless possibilities for surprise that lie just around familiar corners.


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This prodigious book takes us on a fascinating excursion around a Britain obscure to most of us Daily Mail Original and engaging. -- Gillian Tindall Literary Review An affectionate, alternative exploration to make readers feel more familiar with Britain. Great Outdoors Parker's tour is conducted with a light touch in prose which makes learning from her a pleasure. She makes delightful connections between eras and activities, and is conscious of the value of the unknown and uncertain in our lives... At twice the length this book would have been no less enjoyable. -- Horatio Clare Daily Telegraph [Joanne Parker's] book is an eye-opener. -- Andrew McNeillie Country Life


About the Author

Joanne Parker is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. She has always been interested in the British countryside, in British eccentricities, and in questions of identity. She has lived in York, Edinburgh, Cumbria, Quebec, and now lives on Dartmoor (next door to a pub allegedly built around a standing stone), with a morris dancer, two daughters and a flock of black sheep.

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Publication date

20th November 2014

Author

Joanne Parker

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Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Travel writing

ISBN

9780224102025

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