For the first time, the beauty, history, customs and traditions of Britain are brought together in one volume. Johnny Scott draws on his wisdom and knowledge to reveal the forgotten culture and overlooked beauty of the countryside, and encourages us all to rediscover Britain.
Johnny takes us on a journey from the hill farmers of the Scottish highlands to Cornish tanneries, ancient swan upping in Windsor to pagan horn dancing in Staffordshire. He celebrates the landscape and reveals why, through years of farming and forest management, Britain looks the way it does. We discover the Royal forests and the protected old oaks; we learn about animal behaviour and how best to observe wildlife and encourage it into our own gardens. Johnny covers a wealth of traditional country sports, from familiar and well-loved hobbies such as fishing and eventing, to lesser-known activities such as eel trampling, punt gunning and mounted falconry! He teaches us to look to the sky for the weather forecast and reveals many of the customs and traditions that are in danger of being lost.
From wild food and farming to sport and crafts, A Book of Britain is a compendium of forgotten knowledge, spectacular pictures and ancient lore that reveal an almost-hidden Britain, one that we are at risk of losing forever. This book encourages us to look at the country that surrounds us and rejoice in it, pass traditions onto younger generations and rediscover our own land.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 10 / 2010
- 219 x 282 x 53mm