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£14.99
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17 September 2019
HB
9781910400678
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IN PRAISE OF ENGLAND’S MOST MISUNDERSTOOD COUNTY
It’s time we talked about Essex.
It’s the county everyone’s heard of; the place few of us know. Gillian Darley takes us on a vivid, personal tour, from the seaside piers to the empty marshes and the New Town tower blocks, revealing a landscape and a story like no other.
Alongside Essex Man and TOWIE, there’s the Essex that nurtured the first Puritan settlers in America, welcomed refugees from Europe, fugitives from the underworld and bombed-out East Enders. Where dreamers and makers, punk poets, anarchist sects and inventors all found inspiration.
A Colchester nurseryman was the first to trade with a secretive Eastern Kingdom. Braintree’s only earthquake inspired an innovative building system. In Epping, a spat over firewood led to an historic victory for the common people. In Essex, the clash between city and countryside, capital and province, created a shower of sparks that ultimately set the world on fire.
Drawing on everything from ancient maps to reality tv, EXCELLENT ESSEX is no guide book, but a wonderful guide to England’s most misunderstood county.

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IN PRAISE OF ENGLAND’S MOST MISUNDERSTOOD COUNTY
It’s time we talked about Essex.
It’s the county everyone’s heard of; the place few of us know. Gillian Darley takes us on a vivid, personal tour, from the seaside piers to the empty marshes and the New Town tower blocks, revealing a landscape and a story like no other.
Alongside Essex Man and TOWIE, there’s the Essex that nurtured the first Puritan settlers in America, welcomed refugees from Europe, fugitives from the underworld and bombed-out East Enders. Where dreamers and makers, punk poets, anarchist sects and inventors all found inspiration.
A Colchester nurseryman was the first to trade with a secretive Eastern Kingdom. Braintree’s only earthquake inspired an innovative building system. In Epping, a spat over firewood led to an historic victory for the common people. In Essex, the clash between city and countryside, capital and province, created a shower of sparks that ultimately set the world on fire.
Drawing on everything from ancient maps to reality tv, EXCELLENT ESSEX is no guide book, but a wonderful guide to England’s most misunderstood county.

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‘“Altogether non-conformable.” This description of a charismatic 17th-century preacher from Essex could justly be applied to the entire county, which has always been defiantly different. Gillian Darley illuminates the landscape and its inhabitants, revealing how generations of people wanting to escape social conventions and limitations have been drawn to those vast, open horizons. The book is as thrillingly eclectic as Essex itself.” —Francis Wheen

 
 
 
 
Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley grew up on the Essex-Suffolk borders, and consequently has a love of distant horizons and towering skies. A writer, teacher and broadcaster with wide-ranging interests, she lives in Essex and London and is the author of several acclaimed books, including Villages of Vision: A Study of Strange Utopias, Vesuvius: The Most Famous Volcano In The World and John Soane: An Accidental Romantic.