A Journey into the English Wilderness

400pp 2015 LIST PRICE: £9.99 (P) E321



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In this deeply personal journey across England’s most forbidding and mysterious terrain, Atkins takes the reader from south to north, in search of the heart of this elusive landscape. His account is both travelogue and natural history and an exploration of moorland's uniquely captivating position in our literature, history and psyche. Although Atkins may be a solitary wanderer across these vast expanses, the journey is full of encounters, busy with the voices of the moors, past and present: murderers and monks, smugglers and priests, gamekeepers and ramblers, miners and poets, developers and environmentalists. Far from being untouched wildernesses, the moors remain daunting and defiant landscape, echoing with tales of the people who live in it – a mighty, age-old landscape standing steadfast against the passage of time.

Deeply enjoyable . . . a book worth reading and re-reading. SPECTATOR