On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe

On Silbury Hill by Adam Thorpe


“It seems to me to be everything that a book ought to be or should want to be: beautiful, suggestive, personal, knowing and uncertain, old but of now, funny and modest and ripe in its lived-in ways.” Tim Dee

“fascinating” Hilary Mantel

“a rich and evocative book of place” Paul Farley, The Guardian

“a remarkable and moving mix of history, autobiography and genius loci”  William Boyd


Twenty years after the publication of his classic novel Ulverton, the acclaimed poet and novelist revisits the landscape which inspired him. It is a chalkland memoir told in fragments and family snapshots, skillfully built, layer on layer, from Britain’s ancient and modern past.


Cover artwork by David Inshaw
Internal illustration by Ray Ward
Colour illustration throughout, including the art of  Paul Nash, Richard Long, Henry Moore and Joe Tilson.


Paperback, 232 pages

Size: 178 x 128 mm

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