Literary Trails, published by the National Trust in 2000, is a richly-illustrated, entertaining and informative read. It provides a fascinating insight into the lives of some of Britain's greatest writers by focusing on the places where they lived and the landscapes, houses and gardens that inspired them. The twenty themed trails cover a wide variety of locations throughout the British Isles -- from Hardy's Wessex, Jane Austen's Hampshire and the Lake District of Coleridge and Wordsworth, to the Cornish coastline, running like a golden thread through the history of English literature -- the Arthurian romances of medieval times to the poetry of Tennyson and the novels of Virginia Woolf and Daphne du Maurier. This handbook provides the reader with the best of both worlds: a fund of background knowledge and insight into writers' lives and work, and a practical, easy-to-follow guidebook. Each trail is illustrated by color photographs and maps and contains detailed instructions for routes to follow. The book also contains a comprehensive gazetteer of all National Trust properties with literary connections.
This is the first history of the British railway system written from a modern economic perspective. It uses conterfactual analysis to construct an alternative network to represent the most efficient alternative rail network that could have been constructed given what was known at the time - the first time this has been done.
Focusing on the Midlands, this book examines urban and industrial change from 1700-1830, arguing that a complex urban system and its idividual constituents both responded to and shaped wider processes of industrialisation. the nature of urban and indu.