A Land (Collins Nature Library) (UK Edition)
The Collins Nature Library is a new series of classic Britishnature writing — reissues of long-lost seminal works. The titleshave been chosen by one of Britain's best known andhighly-acclaimed nature writers, Robert Macfarlane, who has alsowritten new introductions that put these classics into a moderncontext.A Land is Jacquetta Hawkes' seminal work, and a classicpiece of British Nature writing. It is the history of the shapingof Britain and its people from the first, lifeless, Pre-Cambrianrocks to the days of the ice-cream carton and the hydrogenbomb.First, as an archaeologist and geologist, Hawkes paints apicture of the creation of Britain from the very first forming ofthe earth's crust, through periods marked by lifeless worlds ofrock, water and air, to the first emergence of life that senses itssurroundings. The worms and trilobites mark the beginning of thestory of life that evolves through the great reptiles, dinosaursand finally humans.This is science writing at its very best. Engrossing stories,curious facts and powerful narrative combine under the umbrella ofpoetic writing and unadulterated passion for the subject.Widely lauded on its publication, this is an exposition ofcomplex science in a way that is not just comprehensible, but alsomoving.