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The history of Dartmoor, home of myth and legend, druids, prisoners and ponies.

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Matthew Kelly was born in Devon, educated at Oxford and now teaches at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Finding Poland which was published by Jonathan Cape in 2010 and The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916.


"Kelly's fine book, with its rigorous deconstructionist approach, acts as a better guide to the moor than any hikers' map." -- Philip Marsden * Spectator *
"Will give you plenty to think about...covers subjects including biodiversity and social history, [and] conveys this mysterious moorscape's story from ancient rights to rewilding." -- Max Liu * Independent *
"Impressively researched, and passionate... A valuable, heartfelt, well-written work." -- Joanna Briscoe * Guardian *
"Elegantly written, shrewdly observed, and a perfect read for those "staycationing" [at Devon and Cornwall] in particular." -- Neil Gregor * Times Higher Education *
"An imaginative cultural history, exploring with elan geological, literary and historical associations." -- Roy Foster * Times Literary Supplement *

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