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Not definitive but a lively introduction,
This review is from: The Lie of the Land: An under-the-field guide to Great Britain (Paperback)Before starting this book you have to realise that this is an "entry level" book on the subject of the UK's geology/archaeology and to be fair the author makes no claim that it is anything other than this, making it clear from the start that this book is not for those with a "serious" interest in geology. So while I'm happy to endorse anything that will encourage readers to get out and about and consider the great British countryside I have to get some minor gripes out of the way first
Why oh why oh why do we have to put anything measured in miles with the equivalent in kilometres, e.g. "10 miles (16km)" or 50ft (17m). Is this the publisher's fault? Come on decide on one and stick with it throughout the book
So within this book, which is a bit travelogue, a bit archaeology, a bit history and a larger bit geology and geomorphology, there are some quite interesting nuggets of information to be had. The bit about future archaeologists trying to work out what London was about by only looking at the Oval was quite illuminating for example. And how the "In Pin" happens to be as it is was news to me as well - especially poignant as I only scaled it for the first (and last!) time a few weeks ago. There are many other snippets which will hopefully inspire one's interest in the geology/archaeology of the UK.
So all in all I would have to recommend this as a light snack before taking on the more substantial fare of such books listed below in the "customers also bought" section by Francis Pryor, Richard Fortey (although I have my reservations about this one), Peter Toghill and my particular favourite, especially if mountains are your thing, Granite and Grit by Ronald Turnbull. By the way the website listed in the book is rather excellent.