Unofficial Britain

Unofficial Britain Journeys Through Unexpected Places

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Synopsis

'Terrific... Britain's urban landscape is just as freighted with myth and mystery as its castles and ancient monuments and [Rees] proves it by unearthing a treasure trove of riveting stories.' - Sunday Times, Best Books of the Year, 2020

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There is a Britain that exists outside of the official histories and guidebooks - places that lie on the margins, left behind. A Britain in the cracks of the urban facade where unexpected life can flourish. Welcome to UNOFFICIAL BRITAIN.

This is a land of industrial estates, factories and electricity pylons, of motorways and ring roads, of hospitals and housing estates, of roundabouts and flyovers.

Places where modern life speeds past but where people and stories nevertheless collect. Places where human dramas play out: stories of love, violence, fear, boredom and artistic expression. Places of ghost sightings, first kisses, experiments with drugs, refuges for the homeless, hangouts for the outcasts.

Struck by the power of these stories and experiences, Gareth E. Rees set out to explore these spaces and the essential part they have played in the history and geography of our isles. Though mundane and neglected, they can be as powerfully influential in our lives, and imaginations, as any picture postcard tourist destination.

'Unexpected and fascinating' - Melissa Harrison, author of The Stubborn Light of Things 

Book information

ISBN: 9781783965144
Publisher: Elliott & Thompson
Imprint: Elliott & Thompson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 941.086
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 21618
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 450g
Height: 145mm
Width: 222mm
Spine width: 29mm