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Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt
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Outskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt (Hardback)

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Forgotten edgelands, furious battles, suburban mysteries - discover the secret history of our green belts.



Green belts are part of the landscape and psyche of post-war Britain, but have led to conflicts at every level of society - between conservationists and developers, town and country, politicians and people, nimbys and the forces of progress.



Growing up on 'the last road in London' on an estate at the edge of the woods, John Grindrod had a childhood that mirrored these tensions. His family, too, seemed caught between two worlds: his wheelchair-bound mother and soft hearted father had moved from the inner city and had trouble adjusting. His warring brothers struggled too: there was the sporty one who loved the outdoors, and the agoraphobic who hated it. And then there was John, an unremarkable boy on the edge of it all discovering something magical.



In the green belts John discovers strange hidden places, from nuclear bunkers to buried landfill sites, and along the way meets planners, protestors, foresters and residents whose passions for and against the green belt tell a fascinating tale of Britain today.



The first book to tell the story of Britain's green belts, Outskirts is at once a fascinating social history, a stirring evocation of the natural world, and a poignant tale of growing up in a place, and within a family, like no other.

BiographyMemoirsNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsThe countryside, country lifeScience & MathematicsGeographyPhysical geography & topographySport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationWalking, hiking, trekking Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 16/05/2017 ISBN-13: 9781473625020  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Grindrod grew up on 'the last road in London' on Croydon's New Addington housing estate, surrounded by the Green Belt. He is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain, described by the Independent on Sunday as 'a new way of looking at modern Britain'. He has written for the Guardian, Financial Times, Big Issue and The Modernist and has worked as a bookseller and publisher for over twenty-five years. He runs the popular website dirtymodernscoundrel.com and can be contacted on Twitter @Grindrod.

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