Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is a British writer and academic known for his books on nature, landscape, and the environment. His works often explore the relationship between people and the natural world, and he has received numerous awards for his contributions to literature.


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  1. 1. The Old Ways

    The book explores the ancient paths and landscapes of Britain and beyond, delving into the history, culture, and natural beauty of these routes. Through a series of journeys on foot, by boat, and even by snowshoe, the author reflects on the deep connections between walking, thinking, and the land. The narrative intertwines personal anecdotes with historical and literary references, revealing how these old ways shape our understanding of the world and our place within it. The prose is rich and evocative, capturing the essence of the landscapes and the profound sense of discovery that comes with traversing them.

    The 9144th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Underland

    "Underland" is a deep exploration into the world beneath our feet, taking readers on a journey into the Earth's underworlds. The book delves into the hidden landscapes of the subterranean, from the catacombs of Paris, the underground fungal networks in forests, to the deep sea caves and glacial crevasses. It beautifully combines natural history, mythology, and environmental science, while exploring themes of human impact on the planet, our relationship with darkness, and the concept of deep time.

    The 10175th Greatest Book of All Time