Award-winning writer, traveller and explorer Hugh Thomson travels the drover-paths and tracks of southern England, those half-covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak. The Old Road Into The Trees is a journey made rich by the characters he meets along the way.
In the past, Hugh Thomson has written books of exploration about places like Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya.
Now he returns to explore the most exotic and foreign country of them all -- his own.
From the very centre of England -- literally, as his village is said to be the geographical point furthest from the sea -- he travels out to the furthest edges of the land. The Old Road Into The Trees is a journey enlivened and made rich by the characters he meets along the way. And the ways he takes are the old ways, the drover-paths and tracks, the paths and ditches half covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak: the trails that can still be traced by those who know where to look.
Just as in his acclaimed book about Peru, The White Rock, Hugh shows how older, seemingly forgotten cultures, like the Celts, Saxons and Vikings, lie much closer to the surface than we may think; they have created some of the fault lines of land, wealth and privilege that we still live with. In recent years, archaeologists have uncovered some remarkable new findings about these cultures that have yet to percolate through to the wider public.
By taking a journey through both the sacred and profane landscapes of Ancient England, Hugh casts unexpected light -- and humour -- on the way we live now.
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HUGH THOMSON has led many research expeditions to Peru, starting in 1982 when he was twenty-one, and is one of Britain's foremost modern explorers of Inca settlements. He is a broadcaster with over 20 years experience and has been Bafta-nominated for his film documentary work, which includes the BBC series Indian Journeys with William Dalrymple, Dancing in the Street: A Rock and Roll History and Russia with Jonathan Dimbleby. He has led filming expeditions to the Himalaya, Kilimanjaro and to Mexico. He is the author of four previous books and was shortlisted in 2010 for the prestigious Dolman Travel Book Prize.Review:
"An immensely enjoyable book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful and savagely candid" -- John Gimlette The Spectator "He records more than impressions: there are fascinating excursions into neglected areas of British history, and conversations with hippies, travellers and farmers, which makes Mr Thomson's journey a joy to follow." Country Life "An ideal companion - knowledgeable, but refreshingly unpretentious" -- Tom Robbins Financial Times "The author travels from the centre of England to its outermost edges, taking in drover paths and old ways, showing how half-forgotten cultures lie much closer to the surface than we may think." Saga Magazine "I would love to walk with Thomson" -- John Sutherland Financial Times "Gloriously unhurried...This is a book for climbing back into the landscape with and feeling safe and grounded: a perfect antidote to the rushing and anxiety ridden complications of modern life. 5 stars" BBC Country File magazine "He is an illuminating companion, his wide experience of the Inca heartlands a lens through which he deciphers Bronze Age Britain... Frequently comic, his voice is original and engaging; proof that it is the walker, not the path, that counts." -- James Attlee Independent "A delightful ramble through 240 miles of countryside and a meditation on the deep history and the legends of England" Independent on Sunday "In previous books travel writer Hugh Thomson had written books about Peru, Mexico and the Himalayas. In The Green Road Into The Trees he turns his attention, and gift for observation and description, to the forgotten landscapes of England and its hidden history and cultures." Choice Magazine "He records more than impressions: there are fascinating excursions into neglected areas of British history, and conversations with hippies, travellers and farmers, which makes Mr Thomson's journey a joy to follow." -- Jason Goodwin Country Life
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Book Description Preface Publishing, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. A few small marks to page edges Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0007536682
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Book Description Preface Publishing, 2012. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP88935993
Book Description Preface Publishing, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. In VERY GOOD general conditon, with some signs of previous ownership. Dispatched daily from the UK. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000063762
Book Description Preface Publishing, London, 2012. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Adam Burton (illustrator). 1st Edition. First edition, first impression with full number line. very minor creasing to bottom of spine, corners very slightly bruised, small crushed and bumped section to bottom back cover and jacket (looks like its been dropped), not price clipped (£18.99), no inscriptions, internally clean tight and square, overall in vg++' condition. 310pp, illustrated with drawings by Adam Burton and with map endpapers. A lyrical account of Hugh Thomson's journey across England on the ancient long distance paths including the Ridgeway and Icknield Way. Bookseller Inventory # 004717
Book Description Preface Publishing, London, 2012. Hb with Dj. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Adam Burton (illustrator). 1st Edition 1st Printing. Examines how seemingly forgotten cultures (Celts, Saxons, Vikings) lie closer to the surface, in much of England, than we may think. The explorer and film-maker has signed the title page: Viv, with best wishes, Hugh Thomson - o/w in perfect clean condition. All profits to Amnesty International. Size: 16cm - 24cm with 310pp. Bookseller Inventory # 010820