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Bloomsbury presents The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes, read by Nick Hayes.

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 percent of the land and 97 percent 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 the land.

©2020 Nick Hayes (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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"What a brilliant, passionate and political book this is.... It tells - through story, exploration, evocation - the history of trespass (and therefore of freedom) in England and beyond, while also making a powerful case for future change. It is bold and brave, as well as beautiful; Hayes's voice is warm, funny, smart and inspiring. The Book of Trespass will make you see landscapes differently." (Robert Macfarlane)

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Both entertaining and interesting. Must read.

I really loved it. Insightful summary of the parts of English history that I was never told abs should have been.

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My favourite book of 2020

The scope of this book is astonishing. It deals with so many topics and connects them all so beautifully. It is well structured and passionately argued. You will learn about things you were never taught in school and hear a perspective that is rarely given a voice in the mainstream media. Every English person should read it, but I recommend it to everyone 11/10 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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