• RRP: £20.00
  • You Save: £3.41 (17%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Hidden Histories: A Spott... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Receive this fine as new book in 6-9 working days. Shipped from our UK supplier, via Royal Mail. We do not ship to Denmark.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape Hardcover – 27 Oct 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£16.59
£11.48 £11.43
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£16.59 FREE Delivery in the UK. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


Frequently bought together

  • Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape
  • +
  • The Making Of The British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present
  • +
  • History of the Countryside
Total price: £38.06
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (27 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711236925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711236929
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

“…This fascinating spotter’s guide to Britain’s historical landscape – what to see and how to decipher it – is rammed with intriguing nuggets...You will quickly learn about the mysterious landscapes that we blunder across so blindly.”

“One of the strengths of Ochota’s book is the way she makes us question what we see. So what you think is a tumulus might be a moraine…it could also be a windmill base, a small castle mound…Rather humiliatingly, it could also be a modern waste mound…”

“Ochota’s book covers a satisfying variety of different subjects, from pathways, bridges and old houses, to hedges, churches, graveyards and field patterns left behind by medieval ploughmen…it is nuggets such as these that make this richly detailed book so attractive to read.”
 
 
(Andrew Holgate The Sunday Times)

“...in Hidden Histories, a definitive classic field guide on a neglected area of interest – the landscape itself – is born…  its scope is as magnificent as our countryside itself.”

(Countryfile Magazine 2016-11-18)

“A great book to keep in the car ready for all those family days out and holidays. It is packed full of great illustrations that bring the book’s text to life.”

(Four Shires 2016-11-03)

"A field guide that will open your eyes to the countryside in a way that very few books can rival."

(Tom Holland New Statesman 2016-11-18)

“…a fascinating guide to deciphering and understanding the British landscape.”
(The Countryman 2016-10-17)

"This beautifully presented and fascinating guide will enrich any walk and while away many a rainy afternoon."
(Trail Magazine 2016-10-24)

"Hidden Histories is an accessible travelogue through time from prehistoric Britain to recent history. With the easy style of a handbook, it will help you become a Sherlock Holmes of the landscape, able to decipher clues and annoy your friends with factoids about British history… a pleasure for anyone curious about the outdoors."

(Geographical 2016-12-01)

"Provides all the information you need to unlock the secret of your surroundings. Once you've read this book you'll see the landscape in a completely new light."
(Outdoor Photography)

" A pleasure for anyone curious about the outdoors."
(Geographical Magazine 2016-12-01)

Review

"This book is perfect for anyone who’s travelled through the countryside, scratched their head, and thought, ‘what on earth is that thing'?"
(Tony Robinson)

"A friendly and well-written introduction to the hidden riches of the British landscape, with clear explanations and excellent illustrations. Use it as a handy guide, when out-and-about, or read it from cover to cover at home. Either way, it’s an excellent and authoritative read."
(Prof. Francis Pryor 2016-10-01)

"What a brilliant idea - I only wish I'd thought of it first! Reading the ground is so much fun - made even better by the fact it requires no kit except the human eye mark 1 - still the best tool of all, as you know. This fine tome is the perfect companion for a good old walk in the wilds. Fantastically thorough. And so much detail and careful thought, ideal for all - whether specialist or general enthusiast. I'm loving it and learning from it. First class! "
(Neil Oliver 2016-10-01)

"I’ve spent over forty years wandering the British countryside, and only just found out I’ve been doing it with my eyes shut! Mary-Ann’s 'Hidden Histories' unveils the forgotten stories behind things we see everyday, and sheds light on spectacles we might otherwise stride obliviously past."
(Steve Backshall 2016-10-01)

See all Product description

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
15
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 15 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
There's barely an inch of ground in Britain that hasn't been affected at one time or other by the feverish endeavours of our ancestors. From mysterious stone age megaliths and iron age hill forts, to the canals and railways of the industrial revolution, this Island has seen it all. Hidden Histories is a wonderful guide to understanding and deciphering the stories behind some of the strange features we see in our landscape. A walk in the countryside will never been the same again thanks to Mary-Ann Ochota's detailed and refreshingly readable manual for the experienced or novice history spotter. The perfect companion for anyone venturing out in search of a broader understanding of the fascinating history that can be found, quite literally, beneath our feet.
Comment 35 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book covers all the little landmarks you might not otherwise take much notice of and brings them to life. Walking through ancient woodland will never be quite the same again - I know how old the trees are, what they were used for, why the ditches and hedgerows are there. I now can't help but imagine the corpse resting beneath the church's lychgate ("corpse gate") after its final journey along the old lychway - I have to admit I was oblivious that some bridleways once served this function! All in all a great book for opening your eyes to what is all around you.
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book written by someone who has real academic knowledge and the rare gift of making that accessible to a layperson. Nicely laid out and illustrated but not a coffee table book, it is an excellent reference manual that will help you 'see' so much more. Buy it and keep it in the car
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Firstly: I got this book through another source and not through Amazon, but was so impressed that I thought I'd write a review here. This is a beautifully presented and well written book, packed full of fascinating information. It's obviously aimed at the keen amateur 'landscape spotter' as it covers a wide range of subject matter (showing the impressive research skills of the Author) but not in an intimidating amount of detail! The book is divided into 4 broad categories: Lumps & Bumps (tumuli, earthworks), Stones (Stone circles, Quoits etc.), Lines (including tracks, roads and hedges) and In the Village (architecture and Churches) as well as a 'Finest Five' section at the end of each chapter detailing some of the best examples of places to visit. There are also very helpful links to websites and Organisations that will help you in your detective work. Mary-Ann'e writing style is accessible without being patronising and the book includes lots of photos (many by the Author) illustrating the text. There are also lovely pen illustrations by David Watt and a stunning cover by the artist Ian O'Halloran. All in all, highly recommended
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Wonderful and well written book. Totally fascinating.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent overview - lots of interest for the amateur historian and landscape watcher
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fascinating read ...
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought as a Christmas present. Beautiful book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse