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Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016
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"A field guide that will open your eyes to the countryside in a way that very few books can rival."
“...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.”
“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.”
About the Author
Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist who gained her MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University in 2002. She’s a familiar face on archaeology shows including the cult show Time Team, History Channel’s Ancient Impossible, BBC specials on Silbury Hill and Stonehenge, and ITV’s Britain’s Secret Treasures, for which she also wrote the tie-in book in association with the British Museum.
Mary-Ann writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and has presented documentaries for Animal Planet, Nat Geo, Channel 4 and BBC4. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Hillwalking Ambassador for the British Mountaineering Council and an Ordnance Survey GetOutside Champion. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @MaryAnnOchota
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It is written in a very accessible, though knowledgeable, style and takes the reader through a (non chronological) history of our landscape, pointing out various features that can be seen when out and about and explaining where the came from and why.
From hill forts to ancients tombs, prehistoric villages to fields with ridges, and much more, the book contains around 300 lovely photographs in addition to many drawings and sketches, which really helped bring it to life for me.
The back also contains and index of the places covered in the book from all across Britain, so you can can seek out features either near you, or plan a trip around ones you specially want to visit. The book also contains grid references for many of the most significant features covered, to help you find them.
At 23x19cm, the book fits in a back pack, if you’re out and about, but is still a nice size to read and enjoy the photos, just sitting in a comfy chair with a cuppa (which is where I read it!)
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