Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places
Landskipping is a ravishing celebration of landscape, its iridescent beauty and its potential to comfort, awe and mesmerise. In spirit as Romantic as rational, Anna Pavord explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land. In the eighteenth century, artists first started to paint English scenery, and the Lakes, as well as Snowdon, began to attract a new kind of visitor, the landscape tourist. Early travel guides sought to capture the beauty and inspiration of waterfall, lake and fell. Sublime! Picturesque! they said, as they laid down rules for correctly appreciating a view. While painters painted and writers wrote, an entirely different band of men, the agricultural improvers, also travelled the land, and published a series of remarkable commentaries on the state of agricultural England. They looked at the land in terms of its usefulness as well as its beauty, and, using their reports, Anna Pavord explores the many different ways that land was managed and farmed, showing that what is universal is a place's capacity to frame and define our experience. Moving from the rolling hills of Dorset to the peaks of the Scottish Highlands, this is an exquisite and compelling book, written with zest, passion and deep understanding.
Both history and travel book, Landskipping is a meditation on the nature of the British landscape of matchless brilliance and iridescent beauty that will reshape the way we think about our country.
[The Naming of Names is a] beautifully written, gloriously illustrated history of how brilliant men from the days of Aristotle attempted to classify the world's plants. Here are enough upstagings and rivalries for 100 novels and endless fascinating facts Jilly Cooper, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year [The Tulip] is a passionate masterpiece Mail on Sunday A personal meditation on the nature of our British countryside that expands progressively to encompass a far broader view -- Rachel Campbell-Johnston The Times [A] winning study of English landscape -- Lucy Scholes BBC Countryfile
Anna Pavord's books include her bestseller, The Tulip, The Naming of Names, and her most recent work, The Curious Gardener. Her column in the Independent newspaper has appeared ever since the paper was launched in 1986. She writes and presents programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and served for ten years on the Gardens Panel of the National Trust, the last five as Chairman. For the last thirty years she has lived in Dorset, England.