Pages: 336
Subject: Nature, History, Literature
Imprint: Oneworld


A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Peter Fiennes

Through past and present, the country and the city, a unique exploration of the British Isles

9781786077707 (7 May 2020)
RRP £10.99 / US$16.95
9781786076298 (5 Sep 2019)
RRP £16.99 / US$27.00

The Book

‘The premise of this book is simple, or that is what it seemed when I started.'

Peter Fiennes follows in the footsteps of twelve inspirational writers, bringing modern Britain into focus by peering through the lens of the past.

The journey starts in Dorset, shaped by the childhood visions of Enid Blyton, and ends with Charles Dickens on the train that took him to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey.

From the wilds of Skye and Snowdon, to a big night out in Birmingham with J. B. Priestley and Beryl Bainbridge, Footnotes is a series of evocative biographies, a lyrical foray into the past, and a quest to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers.

And as Fiennes travels the country, and roams across the centuries, he wonders:

‘Who are we? What do we want? They seemed like good questions to ask, in the company of some of our greatest writers, given these restless times.'

Additional Information

Subject Nature, History, Literature
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Peter Fiennes is the author of Oak and Ash and Thorn, a Best Nature Book of the Year for the Guardian, and To War with God. As the publisher for Time Out he nurtured a lifelong obsession with old guidebooks.


‘I didn't really know that I'd been waiting for a more literary and stylish Bill Bryson to update Notes from a Small Island, but that's just what Footnotes is, and I loved it.'

- The Observer

‘As enjoyable a guide to the relationship of writers to the landscape of Britain as one could hope to read: beautifully written, moving in its reflections, and often very funny.'

- Tom Holland

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