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  1. says:

    Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are poets so the book is inevitably reflective and pe

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    Loved it A fascinating traipse through those areas which are certainly not rural but are not exactly urban The two writers are both published poets and this is certainly very clear though not in a forced look at us we are poets and cannot speak unless its in poetic imagery and purple prose type way They have beautiful turns of phrase they uote fellow poets and their imagery often enhances and cetainly challenged my pr

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    Personal explorations and childhood recollections by the authors united into one voice plus a good trawl of references to writings art and photography informed by those 'edgelands' which border the city proper and the countryside seen

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    A very disappointing book I bought it expecting to enjoy a series of prose poems evoking the strange attraction of city margins Instead I found a series of pseudo intellectual essays about the different things to be found there There was little sense of the particular just the authors' generalised and often irri

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    really exciting and surprising stuff will change the way you lookoverlook at a lot of things defo makes train and bus journ

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    Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts introduce us to a part of our world that we had long forgotten even existedThis unlikely addition to my bookshelf was recommended to me by someone who has since gone off on travels to Shangri La in a hot air balloon but when they return I shall be sure to express my unending gratitude for their counsel Edgelands is a series of journeys into the parts of England’s wilderness th

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    For someone who has always been scared of abandoned cars on the side of a roads this book was always going to at least hold my attention The au

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    Beautiful and engrossing Psychogeography is a battleground you've got social commentators using it and artists and occultists These authors being poets do their bit here to stake a claim for the right of poets to use the psychogeographical kitbag There are some asides early on about the 'miserabilist' tendencies of 'psychogeograp

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    Though I was at times slightly frustrated by the uncertainty of this never was 'edgeland' convincingly defined for me it seemed to just mean 'anything town or country that the authors wanted to define as such' and though it did wander off into pretentiousness at times I did enjoy thisThe co authors discuss various aspects of the British landscape focussing on boundaries and hinterlands Allotments canals dumps wastelands

  10. says:

    After an intro which nearly put me off altogether its 'we' made it feel far too much like a manifesto this settles down into a charming celebration of the pleasures of overgrown nowheres in particular and why mothballed buil

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CHARACTERS Ï E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Paul Farley

Edgelands explores into England's PDFEPUB #191 a wilderness that is much closer than you think a debatable zone neither the city nor the countryside but a place in between so familiar it is never seen for looking Passed through negotiated unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist Edgelands forms a critiue of what we value as 'wild' and allows our allotments Edge. Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are poets so the book is inevitably reflective and personal despite the joint authorial voice which makes it impossible to deduce who wrote which parts of it Many other poets and artists are citedEach chapter has a one word title encapsulating its theme most of them specific human activities ranging from den building and mining to hotels and airports and the whole makes a fascinating portrait of the England that many of us take for granted

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Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness

Lands Journeys MOBI #224 railways motorways wasteland and water a presence in the world and a strange beauty all of their ownPaul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts both well known poets have lived and worked and known these places all their lives and in Edgelands their journeying prose fuses in the anonymous tradition to allow this in between world to speak up for itself They write about mobile masts and gravel pits business parks and landfill Journey. A very disappointing book I bought it expecting to enjoy a series of prose poems evoking the strange attraction of city margins Instead I found a series of pseudo intellectual essays about the different things to be found there There was little sense of the particular just the authors generalised and often irritating whimsy I shall not be keeping this book

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S into England's PDFEPUB #188 sites in the same way the Romantic writers forged a way of looking at an overlooked but now familiar landscape of hills and lakes and rivers England the first country to industrialise now offers the world's most mature post industrial terrain and is still in a state of flux Edgelands takes the reader on a journey through its forgotten spaces so that we can marvel at this richly mysterious cheek by jowl region in our midst.. Though I was at times slightly frustrated by the uncertainty of this never was edgeland convincingly defined for me it seemed to just mean anything town or country that the authors wanted to define as such and though it did wander off into pretentiousness at times I did enjoy thisThe co authors discuss various aspects of the British landscape focussing on boundaries and hinterlands Allotments canals dumps wastelands retail parks and many it s a curiously put together mixture of poetry academic review and diverse discussion that worked best when it was being generic though I did get added pleasure from some of the West Midlands sections I was familiar with At times it took itself too seriously I felt and there did seem to be sweeping statements early on which failed to convince me but most of it was good There were parts which I really enjoyed parts which I felt myself gloss over and barely take in but overall it was a pleasant and interesting read