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Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain

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You probably need no reminding of this if you live in the Yorkshire village of Skipsea, possessed of northern Europe’s fastest eroding shoreline, or Welsh Fairbourne, a ‘ghost-town-in-waiting’ being slowly engulfed by waves.

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He highlights in sharp and solid text what is left of places, such as the astounding remains of Skara Brae on the island of Mainland in the Orkneys.If you do nothing, you will be auto-enrolled in our premium digital monthly subscription plan and retain complete access for 65 € per month. Shadowlands: A Journey Through Britain's Lost Cities and Vanished Villages,” by Matthew Green (ISBN: 9780393635348), Publication Date: 19 Jul 2022, earns four stars for the narrative, but misses five stars because the book offers no maps and almost no photographs to support the riveting narrative, the addition of which would greatly help place the reader “there.

Shadowlands by Matthew Green | Book review | The TLS

Who can read of the filling of that hated artificial lake, when the roar of millions of gallons of water drowned out “the rousing tones of ‘Land of My Fathers’ in a monstrous, obliterative gush”, without a stirring of the soul? The area is huge and is still being investigated and the owner of the land is still convinced his land covers Trellech and is still digging. This neolithic Pompeii is “one of the oldest built structures anywhere on the planet”, more ancient than Stonehenge or the pyramids of Egypt. The part-travelogue, part-history approach conjures up a wonderful series of worlds lost, time passing and sympathy with the dead. It has provided archaeologists with a key to unlocking the mysteries of how our ancestors lived at the dawn of civilisation.Its tower collapsed into the sea, together with the cliff on which it was built, in 1922, “amid a waterfall of dead men’s bones on to the beach below”. His moustache was a force unto itself, concealing his smirks, and he was thin as a rake with no chin to speak of. Green brings Britain's forgotten history into the light for a modern age, and in so doing proffers a warning for the future.

Shadowlands by Matthew Green review — a tour around Britain’s

Welcome to Unseen Histories, a place where you can find out about the very best new history books, read author interviews and long-form pieces by the world’s leading historians. If, like me, you look at old abandoned, ruined cottages and think ‘I wonder…’, then this is a book for you. Spies also figure very strongly in this book, probably because MI5 and MI6 are just around the corner.Occupied for many centuries by about a hundred people, Skara Brae was “a tiny beehive of activity bored into the earth, a commune”. You may sit at the tables outside, the Thames glistening in the distance and London’s stell mountains soaring into a turquoise sky, or, better still, venture into the 17 th -century interior, shadows spilling out, clinking and chattering coming from within, and embrace the wall of heat that engulfs you as you make your way to candlelit table in London’s oldest wine bar with an appropriately exquisite, but affordable, wine list . 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.

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Green, a historian and author specialising in the history of the capital, takes his reader on a tour of eight communities that fell victim to forces of nature, changes in economic circumstances or deliberate destruction, as in Capel Celyn, Wales – drowned beneath a reservoir – and Stanford, Norfolk – requisitioned by the military as a training area. So it’s a perfect moment to publish a book like this, and the author rightly talks often about climate change past and present, along with other man-made and natural catastrophes that have shaped the natural and human landscape of Britain.For peace of mind, please be assured that we treat your personal data with the utmost care, view our Privacy Policy here. Other female residents took a more confrontational view when it came to defending the new permissive society: in 1965 three women decided to go skinny-dipping in the square’s magnificent swimming pool. But by the time he got to Kirkwall, the chief and indeed only city on Orkney, a note of apprehension had crept into his thoughts. They can be both fascinating and beguiling, but only if we are at a temporal or emotional distance from the destructive forces that brought them into being. In common with another reviewer, I found the ebook formatting dreadful, with the reference section for each chapter being clunky.

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