SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE
From the bestselling writer of UNDERLAND, THE OLD WAYS and THE LOST WORDS
‘Few books give this sort of sense of enchantment; This is a book to give to many, and to go back to again and again’ Independent
‘Enormously pleasurable, deeply moving. A bid to save our wealthy hoard of landscape language, and a blow struck for the power of a deep creative relationship to place’ Financial Times
‘A book that ought to be read by policymakers, educators, armchair environmentalists and active conservationists across the world’ Guardian
‘Gorgeous, thoughtful and lyrical’ Independent on Sunday
‘Feels as if [it] in some way grew out of the land itself. A delight’ Sunday Times
Discover Robert Macfarlane’s joyous meditation on words, landscape and the relationship between the two.
Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. This is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather.
Travelling from Cumbria to the Cairngorms, and exploring the landscapes of Roger Deakin, J. A. Baker, Nan Shepherd and others, Robert Macfarlane shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a very important means of coming to find it irresistible.