Robert Macfarlane

Landmarks

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'Enormously pleasurable, deeply moving. A bid to save our rich hoard of landscape language, and a blow struck for the power of a deep creative relationship to place' Financial Times

Landmarks is Robert Macfarlane's joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two.

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather.

Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

'Thoughtful and lyrical writing . . . It's gorgeous' Independent on Sunday

'His writing has a confidence and enjoyment, a passionate purpose . . . he celebrates our vast, but evaporating, vocabulary for the landscape' Daily Telegraph

'A book that ought to be read by policymakers, educators, armchair environmentalists and active conservationists the world over' Guardian

'What is remarkable about these words is how precise they are, and how deeply local. They feel as if they somehow grew out of the land itself. A delight' Sunday Times

'Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE