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The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide England [9781526604699]

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'There is no one like Nick Hayes at world today, fusing as he does a dazzling artistic ability with a radical political sensibility, and a unique worldview' Robert Macfarlane

A meditation on the fraught and complex relationship between land, politics and power, this is England through the eyes of a trespasser. The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of England and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned.

But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day. The Book of Trespass takes us on a journey over the walls of England, into the thousands of square miles of rivers, woodland, lakes and meadows that are blocked from public access.

By trespassing the land of the media magnates, Lords, politicians and private corporations that own England, Nick Hayes argues that the root of social inequality is the uneven distribution of land. Weaving together the stories of poachers, vagabonds, gypsies, witches, hippies, ravers, ramblers, migrants and protesters, and charting acts of civil disobedience that challenge orthodox power at its heart, The Book of Trespass will transform the way you see England.

AUTHOR: Nick Hayes is an author, illustrator, print maker, musician and political cartoonist (the Guardian, Spectator). He has published four graphic novels with Jonathan Cape, including The Rime of the Modern Mariner, Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads and Cormorance. Each one, in a separate way, focuses on mankind's relationship with the environment. He has worked for, among others, the Literary Review, Time Out, the British Council, the New Statesman and the Guardian. He has exhibited across the country, including at the Hayward Gallery.

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Bloomsbury Circus
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20-Aug-2020
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464
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