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Twenty years after the publication of his classic novel Ulverton, theacclaimed poet and novelist Adam Thorpe revisits the landscape whichinspired him.Silbury Hill in Wiltshire has perplexed people for generations. Wasit once an island, moated by water? Was it a place of worship andcelebration, perhaps a vast measure of the passing seasons? Alongwith Stonehenge and Avebury, was it part of a healing landscape or aphysical memory of the long-ago dead?Silbury Hill is the sum of all that we project. A blank screen wherehuman dreams and nightmares flicker. The hill has been part of AdamThorpe's own life since his schooldays at Marlborough, which he wouldoften escape in the surrounding downlands. He has carried Silburyever since, through his teenage years in Cameroon, into his adulthoodin England and France: its presence fused to each landscape whichbecame his home.On Silbury Hill is Adam Thorpe's own projection onto Silbury's grassyslopes. It is a chalkland memoir told in fragments and family snapshots,skilfully built, layer on layer, from Britain's ancient and modern past.
|Date Published||14 Jul 2016|
|Publisher||Little Toller Books|