Outskirts

Outskirts Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Evocative and intelligent' Guardian

Discover the secret history of our green belts.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.

'Illuminating and enjoyable' David Kynaston, Spectator

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.

About the Publisher

Sceptre

Sceptre

Sceptre is the literary imprint of Hodder & Stoughton bringing you thought-provoking, award-winning and critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction.

Book information

ISBN: 9781473625044
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint: Sceptre
Pub date:
DEWEY: 333.76160941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 357
Weight: 262g
Height: 129mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 28mm