Ghostways

By Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood, Dan Richards

Book cover of Ghostways: Two Journeys in Unquiet Places

Book description

In Holloway, "a perfect miniature prose-poem" (William Dalrymple), Macfarlane, artist Stanley Donwood, and writer Dan Richards travel to Dorset, near the south coast of England, to explore a famed "hollowed way"-a path used by walkers and riders for so many centuries that it has become worn far down into the…


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1 author picked Ghostways as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Ness and Holloway make up the two pieces authored or co-authored by Robert MacFarlane – one of my five favourite writers – collected in Ghostways.

Ness, which I believe is meant to be read aloud, is neither quite poetry nor a play. It explores Orford Ness, a shingle spit in Suffolk—a place I know as a birding site and nature reserve, but one that has another deep, layered, secret history. Both disturbing and haunting, there are echoes for me of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

 A holloway is a deeply worn, ancient path, sunken into the landscape. The…

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