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  • Published: 12 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9781846146169
  • Imprint: Particular Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $9.99

A Good Parcel of English Soil: The Metropolitan Line


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Richard Mabey grew up on the Metropolitan line, the line whose existence created a powerful symbol of the English rural myth, the 'Metro-land'.

Richard Mabey grew up on the Metropolitan line, the line whose existence created a powerful symbol of the English rural myth, the 'Metro-land'. Using his own family's history, his childhood and working life, he explores the power of nature as it occurs even on the fringes of our cities, from the scrubland under motorways to the newer sightings of Red Kites. How does nature assert itself, where the land turns from suburbia to woodland? And what power does it exert on those who live there?

  • Pub date: 12 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9781846146169
  • Imprint: Particular Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Richard Mabey

Richard Mabey is the acclaimed author of some thirty books including Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1986, Flora Britannica(1995), winner of a National Book Award, and Nature Cure (2005), which was short-listed for three major literary awards, the Whitbread, Ondaatje, and J.R. Ackerley prizes. He writes for the GuardianNew Statesman and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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