Holloway by Robert Macfarlane

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Read Holloway Online Free - Holloway - a hollow way, a sunken path. A route that centuries of foot-fall, hoof-hit, wheel-roll and rain-run have harrowed deep down into bedrock.

In July 2005, Robert Macfarlane and Roger Deakin travelled to explore the holloways of South Dorset's sandstone. They found their way into a landscape of shadows, spectres & great strangeness.

Six years later, after Deakin's early death, Macfarlane returned to the holloway with the artist Stanley Donwood and writer Dan Richards. The book is about those journeys and that landscape.

Title : Holloway
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ISBN : 0571302718
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 pages


Kate rated it ★★★★☆

November 20, 2016

It is difficult to know how to describe this exquisite little book. It is only 33 pages long, and some of those pages are filled with delicate black-and-white drawings of trees. It’s a memoir of a camping trip inspired by a book I’ve never heard of, it’s a extended poem about the sunken holloways...

Nigeyb rated it ★★★☆☆

September 15, 2016

'Holloway' is a lovely little companion piece to 'Rogue Male' by Geoffrey Household. It takes all of 15 minutes to read and it's a beautiful, slight account of two poignant journeys to a holloway in Dorset. The same one that features in 'Rogue Male'. Robert Macfarlane wrote 'Holloway' with Stanley...

Brian rated it ★★★★★

August 18, 2013

If one measured the value of a book by its length or weight related to it's cost this would be negligible, with a total of approx. 13 and a half pages of text, when all the partial pages are totalled up for a cost of £14.99. However, as we fortunately don't do this & judge instead by quality o...

Graham rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 25, 2017

I was given this book, which is very nicely produced, with pen and ink drawings illustrating a sunken path, a hollow way, an ancient track worn down by generations. But the illustrations are all rather similar, and the writing, in this very short book - a kind of memorial to the writer Roger Deak...

Peejay Who Once Was Minsma rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2017

It's hard to rate this book because it isn't a book, really. It's 48 pages of prose poem and it reaches 48 pages only because there are some pages with not much on them, lovely line drawings, and blank pages. Don't get me wrong: what's there is beautiful and haunting, more of an evocation of time...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2016

This was written in memorial to the great nature writer Roger Deakin, sadly taken from us all at the peak of his writing powers. Macfarlane, Richards and Doonwood revisit the Dorset village of Chideock and search again for the holloway that Macfarlane and Deakin visited in 2005. They find it, and...

Trisha rated it ★★★★★

August 06, 2017

The word comes from Hola Weg, an Anglo-Saxon term for a narrow path or sunken road. At one time they were ancient “desire paths” (shortcuts taken by foot or horse cart from village to village) and over the centuries the effects of wind, erosion and time itself have sunk them into the earth and tu...

Stephen rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2016

Holloway is a beautiful gem of a book - but a gem with a dark heart. Although the prose belongs whole-heartedly to the beautiful writing that is to be found in Landmarks and The Old Ways, it is, unlike these books, in a many ways a ghost story. There are two ghosts who haunnt these pages. The fir...

Charles Dee rated it ★★★★☆

November 20, 2016

Holloway – the hollow way. A sunken path, a deep & shady lane. A route that centuries of foot-fall, hoof-hit, wheel-roll & rain-run have harrowed into the land. A track worn down by the traffic of ages & the fretting of water, and in places reduced sixteen or eighteen feet beneath the...

Claire rated it ★★★☆☆

August 20, 2014

Macfarlane's writing is lyrical and poignant, and all the more so because this story is a memorial. The descriptions are crisp and detailed, the language rich and occasionally unsettling; more fitting for a ghost story than a simple walk. However, I debated for a while over my rating, but in the e...

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