Rising Ground: A Search For The Spirit Of Place by Philip MarsdenRising Ground: A Search For The Spirit Of Place by Philip Marsden

Rising Ground: A Search For The Spirit Of Place

byPhilip Marsden

Hardcover | March 25, 2016

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In 2010, Philip Marsden, whom Giles Foden has called “one of our most thoughtful travel writers,” moved with his family to a rundown farmhouse in the countryside in Cornwall. From the moment he arrived, Marsden found himself fascinated by the landscape around him, and, in particular, by the traces of human history—and of the human relationship to the land—that could be seen all around him. Wanting to experience the idea more fully, he set out to walk across Cornwall, to the evocatively named Land’s End.
 
Rising Ground is a record of that journey, but it is also so much more: a beautifully written meditation on place, nature, and human life that encompasses history, archaeology, geography, and the love of place that suffuses us when we finally find home. Firmly in a storied tradition of English nature writing that stretches from Gilbert White to Helen MacDonald, Rising Ground reveals the ways that places and peoples have interacted over time, from standing stones to footpaths, ancient habitations to modern highways. What does it mean to truly live in a place, and what does it take to understand, and honor, those who lived and died there long before we arrived?
 
Like the best travel and nature writing, Rising Ground is written with the pace of a contemplative walk, and is rich with insight and a powerful sense of the long skein of years that links us to our ancestors. Marsden’s close, loving look at the small patch of earth around him is sure to help you see your own place—and your own home—anew.
Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of fiction, nonfiction, and travel writing, including The Levelling Sea, The Spirit-Wrestlers, and The Bronski House.
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Title:Rising Ground: A Search For The Spirit Of PlaceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.1 inPublished:March 25, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022636609X

ISBN - 13:9780226366098

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Map

    PART I
1.    Mendip
2.    Ardevora
3.    Bodmin Moor
4.    Garrow Tor
5.    Rough Tor
6.    Tintagel
7.    Glastonbury

    PART II
8.    Hensbarrow
9.    Fal
10.    Tregony
11.    Ruan Creek
12.    Tolverne
13.    Porthleven

    PART III
14.    Morrab
15.    Madron
16.    Zennor
17.    Nanjizal
18.    Lethowsow
19.    Scilly
 
Epilogue

Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Illustration Credits
Index

Editorial Reviews

"A thoughtful and well-written meditation on place and myth, and finding meaning in the places that we call home."