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Swansea Jack

by Marie Stickler Davies

(Pontardulais, 1986)

ISBN 0 948 891 009

 

Although the book was published in 1986. It is, as far as I am aware regularly reprinted.

This is a wonderful piece of history. The author mixes the fact and the fiction extremely well and makes a good distinction between each. It gets a bit flowery in places but it is after all an emotional subject. Get hold of a copy.

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Oliver Rackham's book is a classic for anyone who wants to understand the way Britain's countryside has changed over the past two thousand years. I have never came across any other book that offered so many insights into trees, hedgerows, and roads explained in such a readable and interesting way. The author starts in Roman times and goes into marvellous detail to explain the way in which roads and hedgerows shaped the landscape. He looks at the 'new arrivals' such as rabbits and sycamores. The differences between woodlands, wood pastures and commons are better described here than any other book I have come across. A comprehensive reference and bibliography section give you plenty of further ideas for more reading. (Nigel Robins)

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