On Ilkley Moor

On Ilkley Moor : The Story of an English Town

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Tim Binding lived in Ilkley, Yorkshire, until he was seven. The place shaped his imagination and has haunted him ever since. On Ilkley Moor is an imaginative history of a great town, a series of explorations partly factual, partly intuitive and partly personal. It is the tale of Victorian optimism - of faith in hydropathy, in manufacturing, in the railways. It is also an examination of Ilkley's place on the faultline between the two great forces which have informed English life and culture- its rural heritage, and the industrial revolution. It is a book about the north, about industry, commerce and medicine, and, above all, it is one small story of the England of the fifties, and the lost dreams of that era. Neither a travel nor a history book, this is a moving return home to the place that made the writer what he is.show more

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  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0330525921
  • 9780330525923

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`A prolonged act of reclamation, a metaphysical meditation on a sense of time and place . . . An evocative, resonant and sometimes disturbing book' Philip Hoare, Independent `Fascinating . . . a journey into the heart of Yorkshire gone by, this is a powerful book, constantly informed by the hulking moor above the town' Conde Nast Traveller `Compelling' Sunday Timesshow more

About Tim Binding

Tim Binding was born in Germany in 1947. He is the author of In the Kingdom of Air, A Perfect Execution, Island Madness, On Ilkley Moor, Anthem and Man Overboard. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.show more