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Tim Hannigan was born and brought up in West Cornwall and wrote several books about far flung places before turning his attention to the place he calls home with his new book.
In The Granite Kingdom, Tim sets off on a zigzagging journey on foot to discover how the real Cornwall, its landscapes, histories, communities and sense of identity, intersect with the many projections and tropes that writers, artists and others have placed upon it. For Tim, born in Penzance to a fisherman father, this is no dispassionate exercise; as he traverses Cornwall’s coastline, moorland and pasture, he interrogates his own relationship with the place of his birth, and reflects on the particularity of notions of home and identity.
Combining landscape and nature writing with deep cultural inquiry, The Granite Kingdom is a probing but highly accessible and personal tour of one of Britain’s most popular regions, juxtaposing history, myth, folklore and literary representation with the geographical and social reality of contemporary Cornwall.
“A magnificent work of travel and historical deconstruction – deeply personal, meticulously researched and hugely enjoyable.’ — Philip Marsden
“’Beautifully researched and written with care. In a journey that is at once intimate and wide-ranging, Tim Hannigan takes the reader to the heart of Cornwall and Cornishness.’” — Wyl Menmuir
“Tim Hannigan writes with an authentic Cornish voice and a true
internationalist’s breadth of understanding.” — Patrick Gale
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