The history of 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the twenty-first century, by prizewinning author Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of COAST
Nicholas Crane's The Making of the British Landscape brilliantly describes the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities. It is part journey, part history, and it concludes with awkward questions about the future of Britain's landscapes. Nick Crane's story begins with the melting tongues of glaciers and the emergence of a gigantic game-park tentatively being explored by a vanguard of Mesolithic adventurers who have taken the long, northward hike across the land bridge from the continent. The Iron Age develops into a pre-Roman 'Golden Era' and Crane looks at what the Romans did (and didn't) contribute to the British landscape. Major landscape 'events' (Black Death, enclosures, urbanisation, recreation, etc.) are fully described and explored, and he weaves in the role played by geology in shaping our cities, industry and recreation, the effect of climate and of global economics.
Nicholas Crane is a prize-winning author, an expert cartographer and an international explorer with a charisma that brings his personal obsession alive. His previous titles include Mercator, The Map Book, Great British Journeys, Two Degrees West, An Innocent Abroad and Nicholas Crane’s Britiannia. In recent years, Nick has become best known for his work on BBC television, presenting the BAFTA-winning BBC2 TV series Coast, Map Man, Great British Journeys, Nicholas Crane’s Britannia and Town.
Tickets are £5, which is deductible from the cost of the hardback book (£20) if purchased on the evening.