Yorkshire, it has been said, is ‘a continent unto itself’. It is southern Britain in microcosm, where mountain, plain, coast, downs, fen and heath lie side by side. Richard Morris weaves history, travelogue and ecology to explore this landscape in legend, literature and popular regard. Morris considers different ways to come to Yorkshire – in a poem, through an image, on holiday. We descend into the county’s netherworld of caves and mines, face episodes at once brave and dark, such as the part played by Whitby and Hull in emptying Arctic waters of whales, or the re-routing of rivers and destruction of Yorkshire’s fens. We are introduced to discoverers and inventions, meet people who came and went, encounter real and fabled heroes, and discover why, from the Iron Age to the Cold War, Yorkshire was such a key place in times of tension and struggle.

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‘Restless, poetic, strange … and the territory it describes deserves nothing less’ Observer
‘Glittering and energetic’ Country Life

Yorkshire is ‘a continent unto itself’, a region where mountain, plain, coast, downs, fen and heath lie close. By weaving history, family stories, travelogue and ecology, Richard Morris reveals how Yorkshire took shape as a landscape and in literature, legend and popular regard. The result is a fascinating and wide-ranging meditation on Yorkshire and Yorkshireness, told through the prism of the region’s most extraordinary people and places.

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Weight 0.28 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 3 cm






xxvi, 278 , 4 unnumbered of plates




942.81 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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