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A pork-pie and Capri-Sun fuelled hike around England’s moors

A review of The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature, by William Atkins. English moorlands are not as bleak, isolated and unforgiving as you might think

14 June 2014

8:00 AM

14 June 2014

8:00 AM

The Moor: Lives, Landscape, Literature William Atkins

Faber, pp.352, £18.99, ISBN: 9780571290062

‘No, no’ I said, when The Spectator’s literary editor rang up, ‘I’m sure you must be able to find someone who really wants to read another postcolonial analysis of the figure of the North African in English literature.’ But the book turned out to be about the other kind of moor, so I said yes, though not without some anxiety that it might be like Eeyore’s Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £15.99. Tel: 08430 600033. Charlotte Mitchell is lecturer in English at University College London and a specialist on Victorian literature.

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