Today I would like to pause a while from my virtual tour around Bedfordshire to celebrate the publication of the works of another Eventispress writer Brian Kerr.
Brian’s ‘An Unassuming County ~ The Making of the Bedfordshire Countryside’ is out now on www.amazon.co.uk even though the official launch will be in January.
Brian’s enthusiasm and depth of knowledge shines through this book, unwrapping areas of Bedfordshire in terms of geology and geography, but also the affect of local industry both past and present on our countryside.
When you stand on a hill and gaze over a beautiful landscape what do you see? Brian sees the signs of its evolution. He scratches below the surface to unravel its secrets and once you read this book you will appreciate the Bedfordshire all the more.
What an apt title! ~ ‘An Unassuming County.’
So many people race through Bedfordshire on the M1 or A1, not even pausing to glance left or right. Most never give the county a chance to show how lovely it is in parts, and how rich and diverse. Admittedly it isn’t Northumberland or Dorset. It cannot boast of great hills or the sea – which is as far away as you can be anywhere in Britain, apart from maybe Stoke Manderville in Buckinghamshire. The Greensand Ridge, Dunstable Downs, Ivinghoe Beacon, Barton Springs, Sharpenhoe Clappers ~ all familiar to those who live here and all have their charm.
This book would appeal to anyone who loves to walk or who are interested in conservation issues, not only those who live in Bedfordshire but also those who value what makes our ‘green and pleasant land.’
You can read more about ‘An Unassuming County’ and about other countryside issues on Brian’s blog: