Discover why Victoria Park is loved by millions of its visitors every year and named ‘The Nation’s Favourite Park’ (2015/16) as local author and cultural commentator Travis Elborough takes you on a stroll to discover the park’s secret stories and hidden history. Travis recent book, A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution, a timely and loving exploration of green space was published in June 2016 to great critical acclaim.
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I appeared on the Backlisted Podcast discussing the life and work of Derek Raymond (aka Robin Cook) and in particular The State of Denmark, his dystopian vision of England published in 1970.
“Wittily written and wide-ranging, Travis Elborough’s A Walk in the Park, the life and times of a people’s institution (£18.99, Jonathan Cape) restores this review to the realm of dreams. Starting with the Epic of Gilgamesh, Elborough veers into an hallucinatory visit to Le Petit Trianon and Marie-Antoinette, before returning to England via Charles II’s fantasy of a Le Notre garden of his own. It takes more than a century’s worth of royal, aristocratic and then commercial pleasure gardens to arrive at the Victorian era, with its bold, imaginative creation of public parks. Idealistic and moralistic from the outset, these parks face a very uncertain future. This book underlines how precious, and vulnerable, they are.”
Online here: http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/property/the_best_books_for_gardeners_in_2016_1_4818463