The Lost Rainforests of Britain


Available for Pre-order. Due October 2022.
The Lost Rainforests of Britain Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: HarperCollins Publishers
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From the Sunday Times-bestselling author of Who Owns England?, a mesmerising chronicle of our land as we have never before encountered it In 2020, Guy Shrubsole moved from London to Devon. As he began to explore the wooded valleys, rivers and tors of Dartmoor, he discovered an extraordinary habitat that he had never come across before: temperate rainforest. Entranced, he would spend the coming months exploring and researching the history and distribution of rainforest in the British Isles. Britain, Guy discovered, was once a rainforest nation. This is the story of a unique habitat that has become so denuded and fragmented, most people today don’t realise it exists. Britain’s rainforests have been lost from both the landscape and from cultural memory, yet fragments of them remain and continue to permeate our culture in forgotten ways. Featuring trespassing botanists, Welsh wizards, lichen geeks, Sherlock Holmes, Romantic poets and Celtic druids, The Lost Rainforests of Britain takes the reader from the Atlantic hazelwoods and oakwoods of the Western Highlands, down through the Lake District, parts of the Peak District, Wales and into Devon and Cornwall, and shows how they might be restored to the places they once were. A beautifully spun detective story, The Lost Rainforests of Britain is an unforgettable chronicle of our land – its past, present and future – as we have never before encountered it.

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Praise for Who Owns England? 'A formidable, brave and important book' Robert Macfarlane 'One of the most important books of the year' Chris Packham 'A great book, crucial for anyone who seeks to understand this country' George Monbiot 'A passionately argued polemic which offers radical, innovative but also practical proposals for transforming how the people of England use and protect the land that they depend on' Guardian 'Illuminating and well-argued ... It's hard not to feel that it's time for a revolution in the way we manage this green and pleasant land' New Statesman 'There is an enormous amount to admire' Times Literary Supplement

Author Biography

Guy Shrubsole was formerly a campaigner and an investigator for Friends of the Earth. As a writer, he has written widely for publications including the Guardian and New Statesman. His previous book, Who Owns England?, was an instant Sunday Times bestseller.