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Who Owns England?


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Guy Shrubsole works as a campaigner for Friends of the Earth and has written for numerous publications including the Guardian and New Statesman. Who Owns England? is his first book.


'A formidable, brave and important book' Robert Macfarlane

'Potentially one of the most important books of the year' Chris Packham

'This is going to be a great book, crucial for anyone who seeks to understand this country' George Monbiot

'An irrefutable and long overdue call for the enfranchisement of the landless' Marion Shoard, author of This Land is Our Land

'The question posed by the title of this crucial book has, for nearly a thousand years, been one that as a nation we have mostly been too cowed or too polite to ask. There has, as a result, been some serious journalistic legwork in Shrubsole's endeavour. Shrubsole ends his fine inquiry into these issues with a 10-point prospectus as to how this millennium-long problem might be brought up to date, and how our land could be made to work productively and healthily for us all' Observer, Book of the Week

'Both detective story and historical investigation, Shrubsole's book is a passionately argued polemic which offers radical, innovative but also practical proposals for transforming how the people of England use and protect the land that they depend on - land which should be "a common treasury for all"' Guardian

'Painstakingly researched ... having come to the end of this illuminating and well-argued book it's hard not to feel that it's time for a revolution in the way we manage this green and pleasant land' Melissa Harrison, New Statesman

'There is an enormous amount to admire' Times Literary Supplement

'Shrubsole is an entertaining guide to the history of landownership' Literary Review

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