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Rising Ground - A Search for the Spirit of Place - cover

Rising Ground - A Search for the Spirit of Place

Philip Marsden

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press

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The travel writer and Cornwall native explores his home on a journey by foot to Land’s End in this “fascinating and hauntingly evocative” memoir (Literary Review).  A Guardian, Financial Times, Observer, and Scotsman Book of the Year   In 2010, Philip Marsden moved with his family to a rundown farmhouse in Cornwall, England. From the moment he arrived, Marsden was fascinated by the landscape and the traces of human history all around him. Wanting to experience the place 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?  "A fascinating study of place and its meaning."—Observer, UK

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