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Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain Hardcover – 17 Mar. 2022

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Shadowlands is so well researched, beautifully written and packed with interesting detail. Green is both historian and prophet, offering a warning we need to pay attention to . . . alarming and valuable. -- Claire Tomalin

A beautiful book, truly original. Shadowlands is poetic history written with great literary flair, inquisitiveness, soul-searching and humanity. The part-travelogue, part-history approach conjures up a wonderful series of worlds lost, time passing and sympathy with the dead. It is a marvellous achievement. -- Ian Mortimer ― author of THE TIME TRAVELLER'S GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND

An exquisitely written, moving, and elegiac exploration of the dead ends and lost causes of history - a book to savour and cherish. -- Suzannah Lipscomb

Here is that most mysterious of all journeys, into towns, coasts, settlements that no longer exist, but which - miraculously - are brought back to challenge us, to question our carelessness and neglect. A haunting work of resurrection, stinging in a perpetual present. Shamanic consciousness for the borderlands of memory. -- Iain Sinclair ― author of THE GOLD MACHINE

A haunting, lyrical tour around the lost places of Britain, from the Welsh village of Capel Celyn, flooded to bring water to Liverpool, to the once bustling town of Dunwich, now perished beneath the North Sea.

-- Charlotte Higgins

Superb. A beautifully written atlas of Ghost Britain, a summoning of places lost to memory, and a deft excavation of the void underlying myths of national identity. -- William Atkins ― author of EXILES

Consistently interesting . . . thought-provoking . . . Green's passion and historical vision bursts from the page, summoning up the past in surround sound and sensual prose. -- Cal Flyn ― The Times

Absolutely beautiful. -- Cerys Matthews

Immersive . . . This is a beautifully written, intelligent book, and it is offered as a warning as well as a memorial. -- James McConnachie ― Sunday Times

Fascinating . . . Shadowlands amounts to a sobering reminder of earthly transience . . . Green recounts all this at a measured, engaging clip . . .Shadowlands is a well-researched, highly readable history whose deepest import may be premonitory. -- Nat Segnit ― Times Literary Supplement

In the current climate of anxiety about the future and its possible effects on our familiar habitats, what could be more appropriate than this energetic study of lost places in Britain . . . [Shadowlands] encompasses the totality of human existence . . . [Green's] knowledge and enthusiasm are obvious. -- Gillian Tindall ― Literary Review

An eloquent tour of lost communities . . . [Green] disinters their rich history and reimagines the lives of those who walked their streets . . . By doing so, he makes tangible the tragedy of their loss and the threat we all face from the climate crisis on these storm-tossed islands . . . As Green's book so eloquently shows, people are drawn to these places because they are poignant reminders of the transitory nature of our own much-loved homes and communities. -- PD Smith ― Guardian (Book of the Day)

Startling . . . Green's outstanding achievement in Shadowlands is an extraordinary chapter about land that has been far more recently lost - to requisition . . . Often playful in tone, Shadowlands nonetheless has a serious purpose. In reminding us of the loss of once-thriving communities such as Dunwich and Winchelsea, Green also offers an urgent reminder of what may lie ahead as a result of climate change and rising sea levels. -- Miranda Seymour ― Financial Times

Gripping . . . Shadowlands is both meticulously researched and vividly imagined. The author has a novelist's gift for bringing the past alive . . . it is a thought-provoking and satisfying exploration of vanished places and the enduring forces that put them to the sword . . . it feels strangely prescient . . . splendid. -- Fiona Rintoul ― The Herald

Entertaining . . . While Green's ability to craft a compelling narrative from archive research is impressive, Shadowlands is at its best when the author details his own first-hand experiences visiting each site . . . Green explores the past while actively interrogating the present. With this book he breathes life into what has been lost. -- Robert Greer ― History Today

Accomplished . . . a detailed, flowing volume . . . The language is especially deft. Green is exemplary in weaving history, character and place together. Historical figures are particularly well sketched . . . a rewarding but humbling book. -- Adam Scovell ― Caught by the River

A poetic history . . . As romantic as it is relevant. Green articulates both qualities in evocative prose that shifts between lyrical and drily humorous. His enthusiasm is infectious . . . Shadowlands is a fascinating journey through place and time . . . an elegiac resurrection of our past. -- Madeline Feeny ― Daily Mail (Online)

[Green] does an excellent job of placing these locations in a broader context, incorporating geography, economics and urban planning . . . he brings this material to life with tales of pirates and poets, soldiers and kings, as well as testimonies from the helpless inhabitants of vanishing homes . . . the book shows that even those places which have vanished can still live on in the memory, and that nowhere completely disappears as long as we keep telling its story. -- Guy Stagg ― The Spectator

Intriguing . . . Green is highlighting something very important, namely a recognition of our own mortality. -- Mark Mason ― Daily Mail (Book of the Week)

This is an outstanding book, bursting with fascinating information. It's unobtrusively poignant and gently philosophical, with thoughtful insights into the ways in which some places are still part of the warp and weft of Britain even though no one lives in them. And even then the book is timely. -- Jake Kerridge ― Mirror

Book Description

The untold story of the hidden places across Britain that have slipped through the fingers of history.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 Mar. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 057133802X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0571338023
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
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