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Robert Macfarlane (1) (1976–)

Author of Underland: A Deep Time Journey

For other authors named Robert Macfarlane, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Robert Macfarlane is the author of Landmarks which made the Samuel Johnson Prize 2015 shortlist. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Works by Robert Macfarlane

Associated Works

Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness (1968) — Introduction, some editions — 3,953 copies
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) — Introduction, some editions — 1,246 copies
The Death of Grass (1956) — Introduction, some editions — 1,185 copies
The Peregrine (1967) — Introduction, some editions — 828 copies
The Living Mountain (1977) — Introduction, some editions — 601 copies
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Contributor — 418 copies
Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage (1986) — Introduction, some editions — 284 copies
Granta 90: Country Life (2005) — Contributor — 159 copies
Mugby Junction (1866) — Foreword, some editions — 151 copies
Granta 119: Britain (2012) — Contributor — 110 copies
Granta 114: Aliens (2011) — Contributor — 95 copies
Granta 124: Travel (2013) — Contributor — 94 copies
Selected Poems and Prose (1981) — Preface, some editions — 59 copies
Granta 133: What Have We Done (2015) — Introduction — 58 copies
Nature Near London (1883) — Introduction, some editions — 33 copies
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Slightly Foxed 36: Attics with Attitude (2012) — Contributor — 21 copies
Maps (2011) — Contributor — 19 copies
The Analog Sea Review: Number Three (2020) — Contributor — 10 copies
Sea change : a tidal journey around Britain (2012) — Introduction — 7 copies
Archipelago: Number Six - Winter 2011 (2007) — Contributor — 2 copies
Archipelago, Number One, Summer 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 2 copies
Archipelago: Number Ten (Winter 2015) — Contributor — 1 copy
Archipelago: Number Five (Spring 2011) (2011) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Macfarlane, Robert
Legal name
Macfarlane, Robert
Birthdate
1976-08-15
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Birthplace
Halam, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Places of residence
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Education
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (Ph.D|2000)
Magdalen College, University of Oxford (M.Phil|1999)
Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (BA|1997)
Nottingham High School
Occupations
travel writer
nature writer
Relationships
Deakin, Roger (friend|travel companion)
Peck, Sir Edward (grandfather)
Lovell, Julia (wife)
Organizations
Emmanuel College, Cambridge University
Awards and honors
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (2011)
NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis (2019)
Wainwright Prize (2019)
Children's Book of the Year, British Book Awards (2017)
E. M. Forster Award (2017)
Hay Festival Medal (2015) (show all 15)
Dolman Best Travel Book Award (2013)
Philip Leverhulme Prize (2011)
Grand Prize, Banff Mountain Festival (2008)
Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award (2008)
Waterstones 25 Authors for the Future (2007)
Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature (2007)
Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award (2004)
Somerset Maugham Award (2004)
Guardian First Book Award (2003)
Agent
Jessica Woollard (David Higham)
Short biography
Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination (2003), won the Guardian First Book Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Robert Macfarlane is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He lives in Cambridge with his family.

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A personal journey along forgotten pathways through England, written in a literate style.
 
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sfj2 | 52 other reviews | Jun 1, 2024 |
An ode to wild nature, both grand and miniscule.
 
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dele2451 | 26 other reviews | May 13, 2024 |
Interesting book, but I was expecting something a bit more explorative and a little less... well, intimate and personal.
Will definitely give a second chance if it fits in my present attempt at organising my reading by currents of meaning.
 
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Elanna76 | 53 other reviews | May 2, 2024 |
This is a book to read slowly, and to savour. Robert Macfarlane is a man to whom walking is more than an enjoyable pastime. It informs his life. He walks the ancient pathways of England, of Europe, of the world. He considers what paths mean to our history and our topography.

He looks at paths that are not paths as most of us understand them: passages on the sea. It interested me to think about his idea of reversing our usual take on maps, and to empty the landmass of routeways in favour of populating the sea with them. In this way we gain a greater understanding of very ancient peoples - back to the Bronze Age and beyond - who realised that with the wind behind you, then unthinkable distances could easily be covered. Distant seaboards exchanged goods and culture in a way such people would not have done with their landward neighbours. But he's equally fascinating in Spain, in Palestine,in Tibet, but most of all in his beloved British Isles. This is where he ends his book, ruminating about depressive poet and keen walker Edward Thomas' life and final days in the Great War.

If you enjoy walking - and even if you don't - this will change your mindset about the way you view the paths you travel.
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