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Description - Edgelands by Michael Symmons Roberts

A book about the blank spaces on the A-Z- the lost and unloved 'edgelands' between cities and countryside

The wilderness is much closer than you think. Passed through, negotiated, unnamed, unacknowledged- the edgelands - those familiar yet ignored spaces which are neither city nor countryside - have become the great wild places on our doorsteps.

In the same way the Romantic writers taught us to look at hills, lakes and rivers, poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts write about mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites, taking the reader on a journey to marvel at these richly mysterious, forgotten regions in our midst.

Edgelands forms a critique of what we value as 'wild', and allows our allotments, railways, motorways, wasteland and water a presence in the world, and a strange beauty all of their own.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099539773
ISBN-10: 0099539772
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Symmons Roberts

Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the E.M. Forster Award. Michael Symmons Roberts has published two novels and four collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James Macmillan.

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