Into the Heart of England

624pp ILLUS 2017 LIST PRICE: £12.99 (P) HB72



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Why is it that for many people ‘England’ has always meant an unspoilt rural landscape rather than the ever-changing urban world in which most English people live? What is about the English that makes them constantly hanker for a vanished past? In 1896 a small volume of sixty-three poems was published in an edition of 500 copies, priced at half-a-crown each. A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad became one of the most popular books of poetry ever published and has had an influence on English culture and notions of what ‘England’ means, both in England itself and abroad, out of all proportion to its apparent scope. Housman Country not only looks at a publishing and cultural phenomenon, but uses the fully transcripted poems as a prism through which to examine England and Englishness.

A fascinating cultural history. PROSPECT