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Edgelands

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By (author) Michael Symmons Roberts, By (author) Paul Farley

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099539772
  • ISBN 13: 9780099539773
  • Sales rank: 84,937

Product description

The wilderness is much closer than you think. Passed through, negotiated, unnamed, unacknowledged: the edgelands - those familiar yet ignored spaces which are neither city nor countryside - have become the great wild places on our doorsteps. In the same way the Romantic writers taught us to look at hills, lakes and rivers, poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts write about mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites, taking the reader on a journey to marvel at these richly mysterious, forgotten regions in our midst. Edgelands forms a critique of what we value as 'wild', and allows our allotments, railways, motorways, wasteland and water a presence in the world, and a strange beauty all of their own.

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Author information

Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the E.M. Forster Award. Michael Symmons Roberts has published two novels and four collections of poetry, including Corpus, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James Macmillan.

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"This book is a delight: witty and wryly contrarian" -- Robert MacFarlane Guardian "A masterpiece of its kind... Even more uplifting is the chapter on weather - truly one of the most extraordinary passages of prose I have read in some time... This is, quite simply, beautiful, but it is also typical of a beautifully conceived work of exploration, by two emissaries to the wilderness who do the wasteland proud" -- John Burnside The Times "Marvellously quirky, fascinatingly detailed and beautifully written" Daily Telegraph "The edgelands, where the veneer of civilisation peels away, are the most despised and ignored of landscapes. Ambition turns to dust in the sewage farm and landfill site. But Farley and Roberts's mischievous and elegant forays into these marginal wastes, show that dust turns back to life in them - into riotous ecologies, agitprop architecture and the wonderful business of playing. A provocative, left-field read" -- Richard Mabey "Haunting, often inspiring book...Edgelands covers an impressive range of politics, reminiscence, investigation and rumination" Scotland on Sunday

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The wilderness is much closer than you think. Passed through, negotiated, unnamed, unacknowledged: the edgelands - those familiar yet ignored spaces which are neither city nor countryside - have become the great wild places on our doorsteps. In the same way the Romantic writers taught us to look at hills, lakes and rivers, poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts write about mobile masts and gravel pits, business parks and landfill sites, taking the reader on a journey to marvel at these richly mysterious, forgotten regions in our midst. Edgelands forms a critique of what we value as 'wild', and allows our allotments, railways, motorways, wasteland and water a presence in the world, and a strange beauty all of their own. 'A masterpiece of its kind... A beautifully conceived work of exploration by two emissaries to the wilderness who do the wasteland proud' John Burnside, The Times 'Marvellously quirky, fascinatingly detailed and beautifully written' Daily Telegraph 'Mischievous and elegant... A provocative, left-field read' Richard Mabey 'A haunting, often inspiring book' Scotland on Sunday 'Eye-opening and hugely enjoyable book... This is an original, surprising and rather wonderful addition to our literature of place' Sunday Telegraph 'Edgelands delights with its sly, impish wit and observation' Spectator