Cornerstones: Subterranean Writings

From Dartmoor to the Arctic Circle

Author(s): Mark Smalley
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781908213631
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Although mostly concealed, our bedrock geology profoundly determines what we see around us - not just our landforms, but the built environment too, from Aberdeen, often called the "granite city" to Bath, constructed from honey-coloured limestone- rocks shape the world around us.


In Cornerstones, some of Britain's leading landscape and nature writers consider their relationship with the ground beneath their feet.


Distinguished by a strong sense of place and close observation, these essays take the reader out into the landscape and convey the tactile heft, grain and rub of the rock, showing how it shapes our familiar landscapes.


Adapted from the successful BBC Radio Three series, Cornerstones explores how different rock types give rise to their own distinct flora and fauna, and even affect the food we eat.

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However concealed it may be, Britain’s bedrock geology profoundly determines what we see around us – not just in terms of landforms but our built environment as well. From Aberdeen, nicknamed the ‘Granite City’, to Bath, constructed of its own eponymous warm, honey-coloured limestone, rocks shape the world around us.

In Cornerstones some of the UK’s leading landscape and nature writers consider the depth of their relationships with the ground beneath their feet. Distinguished by a strong sense of place and characterised by close observation, these essays take the reader out into the landscape and convey the tactile heft, grain and rub of the rock, showing how it shapes the landscapes we all too often take for granted.

Adapted from the successful BBC Radio 3 series, Cornerstones explores how different rock types give rise to their own distinct flora and fauna, and even affect the food we eat. Some of the authors express a sense of awe in the face of the abyss of time that is locked into the lie of the land, a sense that jostles up against our own fleeting encounters with it. For example, Sara Maitland tries to grasp the extraordinary journey through space and time that’s been undertaken by Lewisian gneiss, one of the most ancient of rocks found in the UK, while Alan Garner captures the ways in which flint has enabled and accompanied human evolution, ever since our ancestors walked out of Africa with it, stone in hand.

About the editor: Mark Smalley lives on a ridge in Bristol complete with subsidence, and was brought up on claggy London clays and beautiful warm Northamptonshire ironstone. He’s been a BBC radio producer for over 20 years when some of the best fun has been had recording programmes outdoors in the landscape, hunkered down in the lee of a wall, trying to convey why place matters so much to people. Perhaps a folk memory, but doing geography and a little geology at school somehow only became real when first encountering glaciated valleys in the flesh, in the Lake District. His previous books were educational ones about Europe.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781908213631
ISBN10 1908213639
Author Mark Smalley
Binding Hardback
Date Published 1 Jul 2018
Frequency No
Report Date 2018/07/01
Pages 184
Publisher Little Toller Books

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