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Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape Mary-Ann Ochota

‘I’ve spent over forty years wandering the British countryside, and only just found out I’ve been doing it with my eyes shut! Mary Ann’s ‘Hidden Histories’ unveils the forgotten stories behind things we see every day, and sheds light on spectacles we might otherwise stride obliviously past.’ - Steve Backshall

‘This book is perfect for anyone who’s travelled through the countryside, scratched their head, and thought, ‘what on earth is that thing?’ - Tony Robinson

Entertaining and factually rigorous, Hidden Histories will help you decipher the story of our landscape through the features you can see around you. Broadcaster and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota, who gained her MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University in 2002, arms the amateur explorer with the crucial information needed to ‘read’ the landscape and spot the human activities that have shaped our green and pleasant land.

Photographs and diagrams point out specific details and typical examples to help the curious Spotter ‘get their eye in’ and understand what they’re looking at, or looking for. Specially commissioned illustrations bring to life the processes that shaped the landscape: from medieval ploughing to the Enclosure Acts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Each chapter culminates in a checklist of key details to look for, other things it might be, and gives details of where to find some of the best examples in Britain.

October 2016 | Hardback | £20.00 Published by Frances Lincoln

Competition closing date

Sunday, 20 November 2016 - 11:59pm

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To win 1 of 5 copies of the Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape by Mary-Ann Ochota; simply answer the question below:-


Hayley Atkins, Maggie Volland, Debbie Bebbington,, Leonard Wells and Elspeth MacMillan

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