An extraordinary journey deep into the history and landscape of the Hebrides, exploring their turbulent history, the spread of their influence and how these islands have shaped the nations of Britain. Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and the Saltire Prize in 2017.
'I devoured Love of Country in a couple of sittings. It's a magnificent book, a heroic journey that takes us as far into the regions of the heart asinto the islands of the north west.' Richard Holloway
'A luminous enquiry... an exquisite and realistic acocount of life at the edge.. Bunting [is] a shining companion through the tangle of the isles.'
Candia McWilliam, 'Best Books of the Year', Herald.
A splendid, precise and gracious book.. [engaged] with questions of politics, religion, culture and our emotional responses' Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday
'Excellent.. I cannot think of a more intellectually challenging or rewarding travel book in recent years,' Mark Cocker, New Statesman
'Bunting explores the choppy history of the Hebrides and makes you feel you are there even if you have just left' Jackie Kay, 'Best Books of the Year, Observer
'The best book I have read about any of these islands.. It is simply a book you must read.' Highland News
The story of one acre in North Yorkshire and how it has been used over thousands of years up to the present. An exploration of place and belonging and the memoir of a father for whom landscape was one of his greatest consolations.
‘Madeleine Bunting's multidimensional chronicle is among the very best pieces of non-fiction to have been published in a long while about what it is like to be English' Simon Schama, Financial Times
'An intriguing and elegant chronicle of a wild and woolly patch of England - Bunting is on finest form dealing with recent history, particularly when she exposes the modern cultural myth of the rural idyll… and the very English idiocy of preserving this view while the environment dies. Her scholarship ultimately produces a persuasive argument for a more potent sense of place in rootless, mobile Britain.' Sunday Times
'A startling, willed, one-off book - What she sets out to do is to look at the acre of land in the middle of nowhere, with scholarly zest, until it becomes no longer a nowhere but a somewhere, known and minutely understood. She is an exemplary guide. Her greatest achievement is to work a single acre to produce a more general portrait of England. Above all, she questions what belonging is and discovers that it is about commitment rather than possession.' Kate Kellaway, Observer
A scathing critique of the British work ethic and the consumerism which underpins it; a rallying cry for liberation.
‘Brilliantly thorough and thoroughly brilliant attack on the contemporary work ethic’ The Guardian
The Channel Islands were the only part of Britian to have been occupied in the Second World War, this is a compelling account of the struggles and compromises involved in being part of Nazi ruled Europe. Bunting interviewed hundreds of those involved and had access to newly opened archives in the aftermath of the Cold War.
‘Madeleine Bunting is a superb chronicler of what happened.. if you want a classic example of the dilemmas of resistance, here it is,’ Norman Stone, The Times
'Much the best book so far to appear on the German Occupation of the Channel Islands,' MRD Foot, Times Literary Supplement
‘A masterly work of profound research and reflection, objective and humane.’ Hugh Trevor Roper, Sunday Telegraph
‘I am full of admiration for this book. By careful research and a sensitive use of light and shade, Ms Bunting holds the reader’s attention through an uncomfortable passage in our history – and one which we have been most reluctant to inform ourselves,’ Alan Clark, The Guardian
‘Scholarly and immensely readable,’ Jack Higgins, Mail on Sunday