Unofficial Britain: Journeys Through Unexpected Places

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ISBN: 9781783965144 Author: Rees, Gareth E. Publisher: Elliott & Thompson, Elliott & Thompson Limited Publication Date: 17th September 2020 Imprint: Elliott & Thompson Cover: Hardback Dewey: 941.086 (edition:23) Pages: 288 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

There is a Britain that exists outside of the official histories and guidebooks – places that lie on the margins, left behind. This is the Britain of industrial estates, and tower blocks, of motorway service stations and haunted council houses, of roundabouts and flyovers. Places where modern life speeds past but where people and stories nevertheless collect. Places where human dramas play out: stories of love, violence, fear, boredom and artistic expression. Places of ghost sightings, first kisses, experiments with drugs, refuges for the homeless, hangouts for the outcasts. Struck by the power of these stories and experiences, Gareth Rees set out to explore these spaces and the essential part they have played in the history and geography of our isles.

‘Terrific… Britain’s urban landscape is justas freighted with myth and mystery as its castles and ancient monuments and[Rees] proves it by unearthing a treasure trove of riveting stories.’ - SundayTimes, Best Books of the Year, 2020

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Thereis a Britain that exists outside of the official histories and guidebooks -places that lie on the margins, left behind. A Britain in the cracks of theurban facade where unexpected life can flourish. Welcome to UNOFFICIAL BRITAIN.

This is a land of industrial estates, factories and electricity pylons, ofmotorways and ring roads, of hospitals and housing estates, of roundabouts andflyovers.

Places where modern life speeds past but wherepeople and stories nevertheless collect. Places where human dramas play out:stories of love, violence, fear, boredom and artistic expression. Placesof ghost sightings, first kisses, experiments with drugs, refuges for thehomeless, hangouts for the outcasts.

Struck by the power of these stories andexperiences, Gareth E. Rees set out to explore these spaces and the essentialpart they have played in the history and geography of our isles. Thoughmundane and neglected, they can be as powerfully influential in our lives, andimaginations, as any picture postcard tourist destination.

‘Unexpected and fascinating’ – Melissa Harrison, author of TheStubborn Light of Things 

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