“This book is a joy.” Monty Don
“A living portrait of England here and now, with all the narrative and mystery of the past attached … The book is gracefully written, phenomenally knowledgeable, and simply exhilarating, speaking as it does of the extraordinary things that are all around us, if we are only prepared to open our eyes to them.” Fay Weldon
“As vital as it is joyous, and as timely as it is inspired … It should join Shakespeare and the Bible as a must have on any English man or woman’s desert island.” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
“An entrancing green alphabet … this is a book for all English seasons and for every English mile” Ronald Blythe
“This wise and witty and broad-shouldered celebration (it ranges from accents and airfields to wrestling and zigzags) is the triumphant fruition of their work with Common Ground.” Richard Mabey
“Angela King and Sue Clifford have been pursuing this quarry for more than 30 years and it would be difficult to imagine anyone encompassing more of England between two covers.” Adam Nicolson
This is one of the most handsome books I’ve come across in a long while.” Paul Kingsnorth
England in Particular is about a way of looking, cherishing detail, patina, the commonplace and the particular. It is also a way of standing up for the habitats, creatures, buildings we value, our local culture and identity.
Written by Common Ground, England in Particular covers nearly 600 subjects from alleys, allotments and apples to warrens, white horses, yew and zawns. It is a counterblast against loss and uniformity, and a celebration of just some of the distinctive details that cumulatively make England.