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It would seem a mammoth task to trace the history of the British countryside, but one that the author achieves well. With more than 100 colour photographs, the book appears almost as a cross between a geography textbook and a glossy coffee-table book. Whatever it is, it's un-put-downable for anyone who has any interest in the countryside, giving a vivid overview of how and why our landscape is as it is today. (SHOOTING TIMES & COUNTRY MAGAZINE (July 2003))
Any walk, any drive, any bike ride, anywhere in the British countryside will take you past such a wealth of history that you'd never get anywhere if you stopped to explore and appreciate all that's there. When you do stop to take a look though, you'll need a guide to explain what it is you're looking at. Oliver Rackham's marvellous book is that guide... And even if you never leave your house, THE ILLUSTRATED... is so full of fascinating anecdotes about the way our landscape has been changed (LIVING HISTORY (September 2003))
This is a wonderful account of the English countryside and man's influence upon it over the centuries. Profusely illustrated, it explains simply, for example, why fens were created, the effects of the introduction of the rabbit and the way to coppice woods. (FAMILY HISTORY MONTHLY (September 2003))
This is a rural detective story, a book that looks at history, ecology and consrvation in the countryside and details the many-layered story of the British landscape...and recording human intervention and activity along with natural phenomena... Illustrated with more than 100 colour plates including maps and photoraphs, this is a handy guide-cum-reference book that is also a pleasure to read (HOME & COUNTRY (WI) (October 2003))
Repackaged and beautifully illustrated, Rackham's classic guide to the shaping of our countryside reveals the fascinating - and often shady - past of the British landscape. (COUNTRYSIDE VOICE (Autumn 2003))
How to read the landscape around you, and walk in it with knowledge and understanding. A fascinating exploration of Britain, to read with pleasure. (CHOICE (November 2003))
Each [chapter] is a carefully documented record of developments from the earliest times to 2000, from the original wildwood to our present patchwork countryside ... idiosyncratic and stimulating book. (COUNTRYMAN (October 2003))
Crammed full to capacity with information about the landscape and nature, and including some splendid walks in some fo the author's favourite areas, this is a book that will please any country lover. (THIS ENGLAND (Winter 2003))
The erudition of the author across all aspects of how history, in the form of animals, climate and man have shaped the British countryside is exceptional. It is not just the weight of fact and insight that impresses but the way these are woven together in a readable and accessible form... it is impossible to delve into these pages without discovering some fascinating fact about the countryside. A worthwhile addition to any country library. (THE FIELD (December 2003)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A fascinating companion guide to the true story of Britain's countrysideSee all Product Description
Brilliant book, rather let down by the poor quality of the print.Published 4 days ago by R. Haldane
Still reading, but very interesting, and gives you a good picture of what has gone on in the countyside.Published 6 days ago by Mark Skerry
A seminal volume. If you want to understand the countryside and how it came to be like it is, you have to read this FIRST. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SomersetLad
The best book on the subject full of invaluable information and insights.Published 4 months ago by Margaret Steele
Brilliant, amusing and a mine of information if you are interested in the historical aspects of our woodlands.Published 6 months ago by Mr J Taylore
With both books I found that the maps inthe text were not clear enough. It would be a good idea either to simplify them with less information but larger print and/or giveOD Survey... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs Marilyn Stone
I was recommended this book by an archaeologist, as one of a list of books to introduce me to field and landscape archaeology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Meatslicer