Never Eat Shredded Wheat, Paperback Book
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Bognor Regis...Aberystwyth...Glasgow...Can you place them on a map?

Most people can't these days. What kind of countryside do you pass through on your way to the Cairngorms, or the Fens, or Northumberland?

What's north of the Pennines? And what's it like when you get there? Most folk wouldn't have a clue. Increasing numbers of us don't have a basic geographical notion of these islands.

Blame it on a decline in formal geography teaching, or Sat-Nav and other 'A to Z and nothing in between' devices that make us lazy - we are becoming the best travelled and least well orientated Britons ever seen.

Now Christopher Somerville, bestselling author of Coast and many other books of UK exploration, presents the basics of what belongs where, which counties border one another, and what lies beyond the Watford Gap.

He reminds us of the watery bits, the lumpy bits and the flat bits, and gets to grips with the smaller islands surrounding Britain - and much more.

Never Eat Shredded Wheat is a reminder of all the fascinating British geography once learned at school - geography that brings our islands vividly to life - geography which we have forgotten, or never even knew.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, B & W throughout
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Geography
  • ISBN: 9781444704648

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Read Helen's review for notes about the accuracy of this. I know almost nothing about UK geography, so I found this fascinating. I would have found it more so if I had been reading it interactively on a tablet and if I would've have looked up all the interesting images suggested by the text. A few line drawings are not enough!<br/><br/>If one is writing a book that takes place in the UK, and does not really know that much about the countries, one should definitely read this. Then the story will have authentic ubiety instead of just a sense of 'somewhere kind of English.'<br/><br/>If one reads books that have UK ubiety one should read this to get more from the experience, to appreciate the authors' efforts.<br/><br/>If one is planning an extended visit one should read this - it gives a much more 'local' sense of the nation than the guides aimed at tourists and will give a traveler richer memories.

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