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Time and Tide: The Long, Long Life of Landscape

by Fiona Stafford

Hardback (unsigned) £20
Published 15th February 2024
Signed first edition £20
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in Bath

in Edinburgh

in Ely

in St Andrews


‘Poetic and profound, Time and Tide is wise, considered and full of surprises’ Observer

‘Poignant and touching’
Mail on Sunday


A village waits at the bottom of a reservoir. A monkey puzzle tree bristles in a suburban garden. A skein of wild geese fly over a rusty rail viaduct. The vast inland sea that awed John Clare has become fields.

Chapter by fascinating chapter, alive with literary, local, and her own family history, Fiona Stafford reveals the forces, both natural and human, which transform places. Swooping along coastlines, through forests and across fens, following in the footsteps of Burns and Keats, Celia Fiennes and Charles Dickens, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Noel Coward and Compton Mackenzie, join her, time-travelling deep into the stories of our Isles.

From red squirrels to brick vistas, from botanical gardens to hot springs, the landscapes of Britain are full of delights and surprises. Chance discoveries of rare species, shipwrecks and unlikely ruins, curious trees and startling towers, weird caves and disused airfields, or even just baffling placenames offer ways into unexpected histories and hidden lives. The clues to the past are all round us - Time and Tide will help you find them.

‘Shot through with tender delights and unexpected revelations’ RICHARD HOLMES

‘Wonderful …
A fascinating compendium of people and places’ PHILIP MARSDEN


Time and Tide: The Long, Long Life of Landscape
by Fiona Stafford


John Murray Press


Publication date
Feb. 15, 2024

22.2cm x 14.0cm x 3.4cm