Britain’s Best Countryside Writer

31st July 2013

selected by editor Fergus Collins

  • Natural Explorer Tristan Gooley
    A unique guide to understanding the world around us from clues in the landscape.
  • Sacred Land Martin Palmer
    Delves deep into our ancestry and explores the origins of a range of countryside monuments and landscapes, even street names and road bends.
  • Hedge Britannia Hugh Barker
    Witty and informative, this book examines the importance of hedgerows within our landscape and history.
  • The Old Ways Robert MacFarlane
    The author explores a network of ancient paths that cross the British Isles and beyond, meeting fascinating characters with curious tales along the way.
  • The Idle Traveller Dan Kieran
    Kieran ponders on how modern society has abandoned the wonder of the journey and encourages the reader to embrace the idea of slow travel.
  • The Green Road into the Trees Hugh Thomson
    While documenting his 400-mile journey from Dorset to Norfolk, Thomson shows the half-forgotten histories and modern absurdities hidden among the old paths and ancient sites.
  • Sightlines Kathleen Jamie
    The poet takes a delightful journey through her native Scotland, encouraging readers to pause more often and really notice their surroundings.
  • Gossip from the Forest Sara Maitland
    A brilliant insight into how forests were both the background and source for fairy tales. Maitland visits the forests in all seasons and ends each chapter with the re-telling of a classic fairy tale.
  • The World of Arthur Ransome Christina Hardyment
    This book takes an in-depth look at the people and places that shaped and inspired the famous author of Swallows and Amazons. A celebration both of culture and countryside.
  • Walking Home Simon Armitage
    In summer 2010, the much-loved poet decided to walk the wild Pennine Way the ‘wrong way round’ as he returned to his home village, paying his way with poetry readings.



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