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The Heath
The Heath: A Year in the Life of Hampstead Heath by Hunter Davies

An engaging and supremely well-observed portrait of Hampstead Heath – a place rich not just in natural wonders but in history and monuments, emotions and memories, people and places.

The eight hundred acres of Hampstead Heath lie just four miles from central London. And yet unlike the manicured inner-city parks, it feels like the countryside: it has hills and lakes, wild spots and tame spots. You can spend three hours walking round it – and only ever cross one road.

Hunter Davies has lived within a stone's throw of Hampstead Heath for nearly sixty years and has walked on it nearly every day of his London life. In The Heath, he records his walks over one year, season by season. Visiting all parts of the Heath, from Kenwood House to its four public swimming places, Davies talks to the diverse array of individuals who frequent it: regulars, visitors, dog walkers; top athletes on the racetrack; famous faces having their morning stroll. This is an affectionate portrait of one of London's – and the world's – iconic urban green spaces.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Natural History
11 Nov 2021 * 352pp * £9.99 * 9781838934811

'Davies's easy, affable style makes his Lakeland a plum-pie delight of gossip, pictures and facts. This is one to treasure' WI Life.

'Nicely produced and tastefully illustrated, the whole thing enchants from start to finish' The Times

'The generous illustrations to Lakeland are by turns beautiful and quirky. Engravings by artists of the Picturesque evoke the changing past of what Hunter Davies sums up as 'a living place not a museum'' TLS.

'A beautifully produced Lake District miscellany, informed by a lifetime's enthusiasm' TGO Magazine.

'A lovely read for everyone who loves the Lakes'
 Cumberland News
Hunter Davies
Hunter Davies
Hunter Davies is a prolific author, journalist and broadcaster who has written for Punch, the New Statesman, Guardian and Sunday Times. He is the author of more than 100 books, including the only authorized biography of The Beatles and biographies of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Alfred Wainwright. He spent every summer in the Lake District for nearly half a century and his Lakeland: A Personal Journey was published by Head of Zeus in 2016. He now divides his time between North London and the Isle of Wight.
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The Heath