Extinction made the Dorset village of Tyneham famous. When Churchill evacuated it to make a tank gunnery range he vowed the people could return. Attlee broke the promise and Tyneham became a poignant symbol of a vanished rural England and of unrewarded patriotic sacrifice. The village was the focus of campaigns by landowners, ecologists, cranks, a cult for architects, artists and film makers. Preserved perfectly by the Army, the empty village filled up with fantasies and utopias. Hippy architects, hanging judges, artillery officers rearing butterflies, rural fascist communes; writing about the English countryside will never be the same again.
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Patrick Wright's first book, On Living in an Old Country, was published in 1985 and is widely credited with having created a new understanding of the heritage industry. He is the author of A Journey Through Ruins, a book about London in the last days of the Thatcher era, and co-author of Recording Britain, which was published in 1990 to accompany an exhition at the Victoria and Albert Mueseum. He has made various television and radio programmes, and writes regularly for the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the New Statesman and Society, the Observer and the Independent on Sunday. He lives near Cambridge.
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Book Description VINTAGE, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099207710
Book Description VINTAGE, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99207710