Underland: A Deep Time Journey
by Robert Macfarlane
✅ Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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From the high peaks of Mountains of the Mind lost, the paths of the Old Ways and the disappearance lexicon of Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane has traced the way in which the landscape blends with the language, narrative and imagination. Ten years ago, Underland is his captivating record of journeys deep into the worlds beneath our feet. From the necropolis of the Mendip Hills hidden in the catacombs of Paris, and, in addition, the blue deep, ancient ice of Greenland, Macfarlane investigates – through the myth, memory, and experience is the most feared and revered spaces of loss, of discovery and deep time. Written with lyricism, power, and foreknowledge, Underland combines the old and pressing in the detector for examination of an invisible and essential in the underworld. The winner of the Wainwright Golden Beer Prize of the Book 2019, The highly anticipated new book from the bestseller, internationally prize-winning author of reference points, The Lost Words and The Old Ways. In Underland, Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the sometimes vast and hidden worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of the glaciers of Greenland, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art in the remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep time travel in the planet of the past and of the future. Overall, in his geography, the socket in his voice and disturbing in its implications, Underland is a work of great range and power, and a new extraordinary chapter in Macfarlane’s long-term exploration of the landscape and the human heart.
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