Afoot in England (Stanfords Travel Classics) by W. H. Hudson

By W. H. Hudson

Afoot in England, first released in 1909, recounts the author's wanderings from village to village around the south of britain, from Surrey to Devon and Cornwall, and alongside the East Anglian coast.His paintings speaks powerfully of the easy pleasures of the English countryside.Despite a long time dwelling in poverty in London, whilst his kingdom rambles have been an break out from a existence that then held few different pleasures, Hudson finally completed reputation along with his books concerning the English nation-state, which in flip helped to foster the back-to-nature flow of the Twenties and 1930s.This version is brought by way of Robert Macfarlane, Fellow of Emmanuel collage Cambridge, and a latest explorer of Britain's wild locations. he's the writer of Mountains of the brain and The Wild areas.

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He looked a little like a smaller version of Charles Darwin, which was appropriate, because he was Darwin’s half cousin. They shared in Erasmus Darwin as grandfather one of the great luminaries of generous, ambitious eighteenth-century science, and Galton’s family tree was festooned with genius and public service. He had been an explorer and statistician, a renowned mathematician whose discoveries ranged from the bizarre to the useful – it was Francis Galton, for example, who showed that fingerprints were unique and did not change during life, a discovery immediately put to good use by Scotland Yard.

We moved from living in Britannia, with her king-emperors and grand landed aristocracy, a place where most people could not vote, and found ourselves in Britain, a northern welfare state in the shadow of the United States. On the way, millions of people struggled with the dilemma of how to live a good life. It was a time of new technologies, political uproar and fights about class and sex. It was a time of fools and visionaries and heroes – sometimes, as in the case of Winston Churchill, whose spirit stalks these pages, all of them wrapped up in a single life.

So, Edwardian Britannia touches modern Britain repeatedly. They were struggling with small wars abroad. They were convulsed by new technologies: the motor car, the aircraft, the motion-picture camera and the undersea telegraph cable, rather than biotechnology, digital platforms and the web. They were deeply engaged in the wider world yet sentimental about family and home, highly patriotic yet also sceptical about politicians, obsessed with crime stories and jostling each other in crowded city centres yet remarkably law abiding.

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