When we go below ground, we’re confronted with what we most fear; we hide in darkness the things we do not wish to see. Underland brings us boldly into these spaces. Among them are the miles of catacombs below Paris, abandoned Yorkshire mines, remote Norwegian sea caves containing art from ancient peoples, Slovenian sinkholes where the darkest history laps against the present… As always, Macfarlane’s writing is sinuous and supple, lyrical and fascinating - this may be his finest book yet.
- Recommended by Karina Clifford, Dubray Blackrock
The highly anticipated new book from the internationally bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Lost Words and The Old WaysDiscover the hidden worlds beneath our feet...In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future. Global in its geography, gripping in its voice and haunting in its implications, Underland is a work of huge range and power, and a remarkable new chapter in Macfarlane's long-term exploration of landscape and the human heart.'Macfarlane has invented a new kind of book, really a new genre entirely' The Irish Times'He is the great nature writer, and nature poet, of this generation' Wall Street Journal 'Macfarlane has shown how utterly beautiful a brilliantly written travel book can still be' Observer onThe Old Ways'Irradiated by a profound sense of wonder... Few books give such a sense of enchantment; it is a book to give to many, and to return to repeatedly' Independent onLandmarks'It sets the imagination tingling...like reading a prose Odyssey sprinkled with imagist poems' The Sunday Times onThe Old Ways
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