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The Shell Country Alphabet The Classic Guide to the British Countryside by Geoffrey Grigson, Sophie Grigson

The Shell Country Alphabet The Classic Guide to the British Countryside



The Shell Country Alphabet The Classic Guide to the British Countryside by Geoffrey Grigson, Sophie Grigson

When is the best time to spot a shooting star or a glow worm? Where does a 'ha-ha' get its name? Why were yew trees planted in churchyards? Where would you find a green man or a Sheila-na-gig?In the 1960s Geoffrey Grigson, a poet and author, travelled around Britain writing the story of the secret landscape all around us. This book, his exquisite classic of the countryside, is the result. From weathercocks to rainbows, place names and poets to mazes, dene-holes, crypts and sham ruins, via avenues, Roman roads, dewponds and village greens, The Shell Country Alphabet will help you look beyond the familiar sights of our landscape and discover the hidden, magical world that remains, just off the motorway.

About the Author

Geoffrey Grigson was well known as a poet and broadcaster and is perhaps the most distinctive writer on British country life. Sophie Grigson is a well known food writer and critic - and his daughter.

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Publication date

5th August 2010


Geoffrey Grigson, Sophie Grigson

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Penguin Books Ltd


464 pages


The countryside, country life



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