The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us

October 31, 2020
The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us

'Brilliant, passionate and political . . . The Bookof Trespass will make you see landscapes differently' RobertMacfarlane'A remarkable and truly radical work, loaded withresonant truths' George MonbiotThe vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to usbecause we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass,we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of itswaterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned.But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation anddispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day.The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over thewalls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers,woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access. Bytrespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians andprivate corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that theroot of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land.Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies,witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protestors, andcharting acts of civil disobedience that challenge orthodox powerat its heart, The Book of Trespass will transform the wayyou see the land.