Excellent Essex

Excellent Essex

Hardback (17 Sep 2019)

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Synopsis

IN PRAISE OF ENGLAND'S MOST MISUNDERSTOOD COUNTY

It's time we talked about Essex.

It's the county everyone's heard of; the place few of us know. Gillian Darley takes us on a vivid, personal tour, from the seaside piers to the empty marshes and the New Town tower blocks, revealing a landscape and a story like no other.

Alongside Essex Man and TOWIE, there's the Essex that nurtured the first Puritan settlers in America, welcomed refugees from Europe, fugitives from the underworld and bombed-out East Enders. Where dreamers and makers, punk poets, anarchist sects and inventors all found inspiration. A Colchester nurseryman was the first to trade with a secretive Eastern Kingdom. Braintree's only earthquake inspired an innovative building system. In Epping, a spat over firewood led to an historic victory for the common people. In Essex, the clash between city and countryside, capital and province, created a shower of sparks that ultimately set the world on fire.

Drawing on everything from ancient maps to reality tv, EXCELLENT ESSEX is no guide book, but a wonderful guide to England's most misunderstood county.

Book information

ISBN: 9781910400678
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Imprint: Old Street Publishing
Pub date:
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 478g
Height: 144mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 33mm