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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
i was given a original copy of this book many years ago and have read it frequently and dipped in to read chapters and passages many times it lives on my beside table.
A book that is written with true passion and understanding not a dry geology book but a living journey through the formation of our island filled with tales of ancient life and our connections with...
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3.0 out of 5 stars No colour plates on Kindle?
In many ways this is a beautiful book. It combines geology, archaeology, geography and poetry. The early chapters describing Britain during the various geologic epochs are beautiful and inspiring. You can really connect. The later chapters when early man appears are less successful and no longer accurate. Hardly surprising as the book was written in 1948. So her...
Published 12 months ago by Peter Herring


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ, 18 Oct 2012
This review is from: A Land (Collins Nature Library) (Hardcover)
i was given a original copy of this book many years ago and have read it frequently and dipped in to read chapters and passages many times it lives on my beside table.
A book that is written with true passion and understanding not a dry geology book but a living journey through the formation of our island filled with tales of ancient life and our connections with the land on which we live. Both thought provoking and entertaining i cannot recommend this book enough indeed i have lent it to friends to read and most have gone on to buy there own copy even those with no interest in geology. As soon as my paperwhite arrives i will be downloading a copy.
if in doubt borrow from your library and then buy.
A true classic that should be on all book shelves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacqueta Hawkes A Land (Collins Nature Library reissue), 11 Feb 2013
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This book was a classic in the late 1950s and early 1960s because it was the first to treat, in one volume and one author's text, the English landscape from various different standpoints: geological, archaeological. literary, historical. The book also reflected some of the preoccupations of the 'Neo-Romantic' artists who emerged during WWII, e.g., Graham Sutherland, John Piper. Under the threat of possible invasion, they invested huge emotion in the landscape of England as an embodiment of the country's history, traditions and peoples. Because of the limitations of print technology when it was first published, the quality of the illustrations could seem to an early 21st century reader as very poor, yet the book breathes, even now, an excitement and freshness that is infectious and inspiring. I gave this new edition to my son as a Christmas present, because I think every generation should read it and take on its vitality and curiosity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No colour plates on Kindle?, 6 Aug 2013
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In many ways this is a beautiful book. It combines geology, archaeology, geography and poetry. The early chapters describing Britain during the various geologic epochs are beautiful and inspiring. You can really connect. The later chapters when early man appears are less successful and no longer accurate. Hardly surprising as the book was written in 1948. So her account of Piltdown Man has to be ignored and so do the accounts of mass migrations.

I bought th Kindle edition and wish I hadn't. The colour plates are missing and they are pretty essential. The kindle price is only a few pence different from the printed price and what a loss the plates are! This has happened before when I have purchased kindle only to find that illustrations are excluded, but no notification to that effect appears in the product information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Perspectives, 8 Jun 2014
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What I found particularly interesting about A Land was how many of the geological and archaeological ideas that have been totally superseded in the sixty or so years since it was written. So much has changed, the theory of plate tectonics had not yet been formulated and DNA had not been unpicked so many of the "facts" presented are no longer accepted as being scientifically correct. This having been said, I would not wish to discourage anyone from reading A Land, because it is very much "of its time" and gives a fascinating (beautiful actually) insight into contemporary scientific thought. I think that the central theme of the book is as valid today as it was when written and Hawkes' ideas relating to what would now be described as "green issues" were decades ahead of her time. Sadly I think that in many ways, Britain has lurched much further away from Hawkes' 1951 "land of lost content" and reading the book also makes me wish that I could turn the clock back to simpler times when we were all a bit more in tune with our environment.
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