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A Walk in the Park

Travis Elborough


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PUBLISHED: 1st June 2017
ISBN: 9780099593829
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Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention.The author excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. It is a celebration of a small wonder that - in an age of swingeing cuts - we should not take for granted.
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  • Paperback
    $27.76
PUBLISHED: 1st June 2017
ISBN: 9780099593829
ANNOTATION:
Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention.The author excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. It is a celebration of a small wonder that - in an age of swingeing cuts - we should not take for granted.

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Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention.The author excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. It is a celebration of a small wonder that - in an age of swingeing cuts - we should not take for granted.

Publisher Description

'A fascinating, informative, revelatory book' William Boyd, Guardian

Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life, you might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there. In fact, public parks are an invention. From their medieval inception as private hunting grounds through to their modern incarnation as public spaces of rest and relaxation, parks have been fought over by land-grabbing monarchs, reforming Victorian industrialists, hippies, punks, and somewhere along the way, the common folk trying to savour their single day of rest.

In A Walk in the Park, Travis Elborough excavates the history of parks in all their colour and complexity. Loving, funny and impassioned, this is a timely celebration of a small wonder that - in an age of swingeing cuts - we should not take for granted.

Author Biography

Travis Elborough is the author of four acclaimed books, The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a history of the British beside the seaside; and London Bridge in America, which tells the transatlantic story of the sale of the world's largest antique. Travis regularly appears on Radio 4 and writes for the Guardian.

Review

[A Walk in the Park is] wittily written and wide-ranging. French Property News, Book of the Year [It is] quirky and original. Times Literary Supplement Elborough writes in an aptly meandering style with an appetite for the eccentric marginalia of history -- Ben Felsenburg Mail on Sunday Elborough's quietly effervescent style manages to transform the reader from being someone with a passing interest in whatever topic he happens to be writing about into a fully-fledged Routemaster/LP/London loon. Travel Guide Highly enjoyable. Sunday Times Fast-paced and richly peopled... Ebullient and enamored of his heroes is Elborough. -- Gillian Darley Literary Review Amiable new history of the public park... He turns up lots of interesting, joyful stuff along the way. He's particularly good on our forebears' taste for the ersatz... A Walk in the Park is an enjoyable stroll. -- Rachel Cooke Guardian Quirky, lively history, full of unexpected detail. Simple Things Travis is a joyful cultural celebrant offering tantalizing nuggets of social history. -- Justine Crow Families South East Quirky and delightful. -- Rachel Cooke Observer Breezy but fact-filled prose... A worthy paean to the importance of parks to British life. His book is impassioned, informative. -- Daisy Dunn The Times Charming blend of the patriotic, popular and whimsical... Beautifully written. -- James McConnachie Sunday Times His writing combines subtle drollery with a fantastical, Monty Python-ish strain... We can count this captivating book among the boons they [parks] have granted us. -- Andrew Martin Financial Times Amiable new history of the public park... Turns up lots of interesting, joyful stuff... A Walk in the Park is an enjoyable stroll. -- Rachel Cooke Observer Travis Elborough is becoming a latter-day Alan Bennett. Let loose in an array of reference libraries, he summons many a curious fact...from the shelves, which makes for a rich narrative... Alluring detail fills every page. -- Christopher Hawtree Spectator This is a fascinating, informative, revelatory book ... The vast array of knowledge that Elborough disperses in this book will make you look at parks differently ... Parks seem an immutable, strangely paradisiacal element of our fraught and complicated urban lives, but the fact that we actually have them, as Elborough demonstrates in this wonderful book is something to be marvelled at. -- William Boyd Guardian

Review Text

"This is a fascinating, informative, revelatory book ... The vast array of knowledge that Elborough disperses in this book will make you look at parks differently ... Parks seem an immutable, strangely paradisiacal element of our fraught and complicated urban lives, but the fact that we actually have them, as Elborough demonstrates in this wonderful book is something to be marvelled at."

Promotional "Headline"

Take a brilliantly entertaining walk through the history of the park with 'one of Britain's finest pop cultural historians' ( Guardian )

Product Details

Author
Travis Elborough
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2017
ISBN-10
0099593823
ISBN-13
9780099593829
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-06-01
Subtitle
The Life and Times of a People's Institution
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
416
Short Title
A Walk in the Park
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade