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Uncommon Ground

A word-lover's guide to the British landscape

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'Out . . . over the hill and then down the dip and through some lumpy bits.' This was how Dominick Tyler used to describe the places he roamed during his childhood. Later he felt a more precise, more detailed language must exist, precisely because he needed it to give directions, tell a story or find a place. And so he began collecting words for landscape features, words like jackstraw, zawn, clitter and cowbelly, shivver and swag, tolmen and tor. Words that are as varied, rich and poetic as the landscapes they describe. Many of these words for our landscape are falling into obscurity, some endure only by haunting place-names and old maps. Here Dominick Tyler gathers them into an enchanting visual glossary of the British landscape. On facing pages are photographs and stories touching on geology, literature, topography, folklore and a time when our ancestors read the lines on the land as fluently as text. Taking us from the waterlogged fens to the white sands of the Western Isles, this full-colour book is a rare delight.

Product code: 9781783350483

ISBN 9781783350483
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H180xW180xS22
No. Of Pages 256
Publisher Guardian Faber Publishing
Edition Main
An enchanting visual glossary of the British landscape.