Rising Ground A Search for the Spirit of Place

by Philip Marsden

The Real World Travel

Rising Ground A Search for the Spirit of Place Synopsis

When Philip Marsden moved to a remote, creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took him aback. It led him to wonder why we react so strongly to certain places and set him off on a journey on foot westwards to Land's End through one of the most myth-rich regions of Europe. From the Neolithic ritual landscape of Bodmin Moor to the Arthurian traditions at Tintagel, from the mysterious china-clay region to the granite tors and tombs of the far south-west, Marsden assembles a chronology of Britain's attitude to place. In archives, he uncovers the life and work of other enthusiasts before him - medieval chroniclers and Tudor topographers, eighteenth-century antiquarians, post-industrial poets and abstract painters. Drawing also on his travels from further afield, Marsden reveals that the shape of the land lies not just at the heart of our own history but of man's perennial struggle to belong on this earth.

The Good Book Guide Review

When travel writer Philip Marsden moved to a remote Cornish farmhouse, he determined to explore the region and his fellow countrymen’s enduring fascination with such rugged and bleak locations. Marsden offers his own perceptive observations bolstered by the insights of medieval chroniclers and Tudor topographers, 18th-century antiquarians, Edwardian naturalists, artists and post-industrial poets. Part travelogue, part cultural history, it takes us to some of the most ruggedly beautiful locations in the British Isles from Bodmin Moor, Tintagel and Glastonbury, to the Isles of Scilly, in search of what the author calls ‘the spirit of place’, and for answers to why we are drawn to such places.

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ISBN: 9781847086303
Publication date: 4th June 2015
Author: Philip Marsden
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: The Real World, Travel,
Categories: Travel writing,

About Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers, and The Levelling Sea. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Cornwall.

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