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It’s rare to find insightful contemporary political commentary in what is primarily a history book. Yet this tome could hardly be more timely
‘My plan, such as it was, was to try and work out what was “special” about the Himalayas. This would require both historical research and some tramping around.’
There is so much history to the British landscape. What with its stone circles, hill forts, mines and umpteenth century cottages, the land is marked with centuries of use. This can make it hard to read, like a blackboard written…
Pollution can be full of colour. In Industrial Scars, photographer J Henry Fair shows how extracting minerals and fossil fuels is often a vivid affair
David Fleming was adamant that an economy dependent on the myth of eternal growth was doomed to collapse. No amount of tinkering will ultimately save it, so we will have to choose between suffering an almighty economic crash landing and…
This might be the comprehensive flag volume we’ve all been waiting for – a slick yet detailed and well-researched journey through some of the world’s most infamous and interesting flags
The European climatic spasm of 9,700BC saw the end of the ice age, the Cotswold glaciers retreating, Doggerland warming and hominids walking into our waking land along the Thames. It was this thermal window that enabled 64 million people to…
by Wildlife Photographers United; Born Free Foundation; £45 (hardback)

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