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The Plot - A Review,
This review is from: The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre (Hardcover)
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I picked up this book with a pre-determined resolution not to enjoy it and to find fault wherever possible - I am a fervent Lancastrian opposed to the glorification of Yorkshire in all its forms.
How wrong pre-conceptions can be. I fell in love with the story of the plot in the same way that the authour fell in love with the piece of land owned by her late father - I started with resentment but gradually warmed to it. This is a credit to her skill at describing the beauty of the surrounding area (yes, I admit, Yorkshire does have some nice scenery) in such a way that a reader with an appreciation of the outdoors, history and people's lives and the way that the land where they live is intricately linked to their being, cannot fail to connect to her words.
More than a list of important dates connected to the plot's existence, it is written with a great deal of warmth, both for her father (who she seemed to get to know better after his death during the research for the book - this is in itself an interesting sub-plot) and for the history of the surrounding area.
Long live the countryside, long live the plot and , gulp, long live Yorkshire.