A Walk In The Park

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Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life. You might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there – and that they always will. In fact, the roots of even the most humble neighbourhood park lie in age-old battles over land and liberty. From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, theirs is a story of land-grabbing monarchs and Restoration fops, great Victorian industrialists, punks and model-boaters – and somewhere among it all, the common man trying to enjoy his single day of rest.

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‘A fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ William Boyd, Guardian

Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention. From their medieval inception as private hunting grounds through to their modern incarnation as public spaces of rest and relaxation, parks have been fought over by land-grabbing monarchs, reforming Victorian industrialists, hippies, punks, and somewhere along the way, the common folk trying to savour their single day of rest.

In A Walk in the Park, Travis Elborough excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. Loving, funny and impassioned, this is a timely celebration of a small wonder that – in an age of swingeing cuts – we should not take for granted.

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Weight 0.33 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.6 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

401

Language

English

Edition

New Edition

Dewey

363.68 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K