Hidden Histories:
A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape

"This book is perfect for anyone who’s travelled through the countryside, scratched their head, and thought, ‘what on earth is that thing?’"
Tony Robinson

"I’ve spent over forty years wandering the British countryside, & only just found out I’ve been doing it with my eyes shut!"
Steve Backshall

“This fascinating spotter’s guide to Britain’s historical landscape – what to see and how to decipher it – is rammed with intriguing nuggets..."

The Sunday Times

Ever looked at a field, and wondered what the lumps and bumps are?

Or stared at a church and puzzled over how old it is?

Do you want to hunt for dolmens, reaves and tumuli?

Wherever you go in Britain there’s history woven into the landscape around you – in the shape of a field, the wall of a cottage, a standing stone or churchyard, even in the grass under your feet…

And there are literally thousands of sites scattered across the country that don’t have tickets and tour guides, but are waiting to reveal their secrets.

My new book is your guide to that landscape! 

It arms the explorer with the crucial information needed to ‘read’ the landscape and spot the human activities that have shaped our green and pleasant land.

Photographs & diagrams point out specific details and typical examples to help you understand what you’re looking at, or looking for. From hedgerows to corpse roads, from the Highlands to the Sussex Weald, the British Landscape is yours to explore.

Prof Francis Pryor (author of The Making of the British Landscape, Britain BC and Britain AD) says:
A friendly and well-written introduction to the hidden riches of the British landscape, with clear explanations and excellent illustrations. Use it as a handy guide, when out-and-about, or read it from cover to cover at home. Either way, it’s an excellent and authoritative read.

Neil Oliver says:
"What a brilliant idea - I only wish I'd thought of it first! This fine tome is the perfect companion for a good old walk in the wilds. Fantastically thorough. And so much detail and careful thought, ideal for all - whether specialist or general enthusiast. I'm loving it and learning from it. First class!"

Countryfile Magazine chose it as one of this year's Top Winter Reads:
"With seemingly everything covered from Neolithic hummocks to Gothic parapet spires, its scope is as magnificent as our countryside itself."

Talks, Walks & more...
Hidden Histories events

Join me on a journey through Britain’s historic landscape. What clues should you look for to puzzle out the origins of a village, or the age of a hedgerow? What are the secrets hidden in tumuli, chambered tombs and churchyards? A must for all landscape detectives!

Upcoming dates:
Sunday 12th March 2017, 11am
Hidden Histories Guided Walk
Highbury Park, Birmingham

A jaunt around this historic park, revealing the secret histories hidden in plain sight! Walk will last approx 1.5 hrs. Books will be on sale at the end of the walk!
Meet at the Shutlock Lane / Dad's Lane car park B13 8NZ

In conjunction with the Chamberlain Highbury Trust & Birmingham City Council
Adults £4 kids go free

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Thursday 20th April  - 6.30pm
Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide to the British Landscape TALK

Stanford's Travel Bookshop, LondonWhat archaeological and historical features can you spot in the landscape around you? What stories do they reveal? Discover the secret history hidden in your map, in the shape of a wall, the window of a cottage or even the grass under your feet. From lumps and bumps to Roman roads, this talk will be packed full of tips for the would-be landscape detective.
Tickets £4, redeemable against the purchase of a book

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Sunday 30th April 2017, 11am
The Making of the British Landscape: in Conversation with Nicholas Crane
Chipping Norton Literary Festival

We explore the history visible in the landscape around us - and discover some of the ways Britain's countryside tells our history and shapes our modern lives. A mustn't miss event, with two fab books that explore the same fascinating countryside in very different ways.

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Saturday 6th May 2017 - 7.30pm
The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley
Hidden Histories: A Spotter's Guide Talk

Sunday 7th May 2017, 10am
Ilkley Moor Prehistoric Rock Art guided walk
Additional confirmed upcoming dates for 2017:

Stanford's Bristol, part of the Bristol Walking Festival 11th May
Lincoln 'Layers of History' Event 13th May
Wimborne Literary Festival 17th May TALK 18th May GUIDED WALK
Northwich Literary Festival 7th June

Would you like me to come & do a talk at your bookshop or festival? Get in touch!

Contact Mary-Ann