The Book of Trespass

The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Paperback Published on: 08/07/2021
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Shortlisted for the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction 2021.

The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day.

The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.

Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies, witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protestors, and charting acts of civil disobedience that challenge orthodox power at its heart, The Book of Trespass will transform the way you see the land.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526604729
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 376g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Book of Trespass
A revelation of mind and spirit!
“The English language has a myriad names for the transition of day into night, twilight, dusk, the gloaming, the witching hour, but we have nothing for whe... READ MORE
The Book of Trespass
Not an easy read, but very enlightening. I don’t believe everything I read, but when I questioned anything, I checked it out and found it to be so.
Robert G McCraight