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Robert Macfarlane on his new book Landmarks

Presented by Mariella Frostrup. Travel and nature writer Robert Macfarlane discusses the relationship between language and landscape, the subject of his latest book, Landmarks.

Award winning travel and nature writer Robert Macfarlane discusses his latest book, which celebrates the language of our landscape. He talks to Mariella about why this is his most argumentative book yet, about his admiration for the writer Nan Shepherd and why he hopes that words like 'conker' and 'acorn' don't fall out of use.

The Danish writer Dorthe Nors sends Open Book a literary postcard from the west coast of Denmark, where minimalism is 'hot'; and novelist Sarah Bannan and critic Suzi Feay discuss bullying in literature - from the cruel words of Emma to Miss Bates, up to Sarah's book Breathless which explores the dreadful impact of cyber bullying on one young student.

And voices in their heads - how novelists hear their characters.

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28 minutes


  • Robert Macfarlane

    Duration: 10:45

  • Postcard from Denmark

    Duration: 04:17

  • Sarah Bannan and Suzi Feay

    Duration: 07:50

  • Jennifer Hodgson

    Duration: 05:08

Read the opening pages of 'Landmarks' by Robert Macfarlane

Opening pages of 'Landmarks' by Robert Macfarlane


Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

If you’d like to contact him with your own words, please send them by postcard to Dr Robert Macfarlane, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, CB2 3AP
Or tweet them using the hashtag  #livinglanguage

Weightless by Sarah Bannan

Karate Chop & Minna Needs Rehearsal Space by Dorthe Nors

Myslexia Magazine


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Robert Macfarlane
Interviewed Guest Sarah Bannan
Interviewed Guest Suzi Feay
Interviewed Guest Jennifer Hodgson


  • Sun 8 Mar 2015 16:00
  • Thu 12 Mar 2015 15:30

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