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You Are Here: A Brief Guide to the World

Nicholas Crane

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Physical geography & topography, Human geography, Political geography, Climate change

A celebration of the vital role of geography in our understanding of the big issues facing humanity and the planet today

One word binds us all: geography. We are all geographers, human beings who care about the places we think of as 'home' - our habitat. And yet we have lost touch with the connection between our actions and the state of the planet that we all share. We need a new narrative that restores the connections between humanity and the Earth.

We are being confronted by a daily barrage of geographical stories on climate change, geopolitics, population growth, migration, dwindling resources, polluted oceans and natural hazards. These are planetary concerns affecting all people and all places. They are challenges which can be addressed through geography.

In this distillation of a lifetime's work, Nicholas Crane makes the compelling case that never has geography been so important. On this finite orb, with its battered habitat, sustained in dark space by a thin, life-giving atmosphere, we have reached a point in our collective geographical journey where knowledge is the best guarantor of the future.

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Praise for You Are Here: A Brief Guide to the World

  • Ambitious, magnificent - Guardian on The Making of the British Landscape

  • A geographer's love letter to the British and the land that formed them . . . dramatic, lyrical and even inspiring - Sunday Times on The Making of the British Landscape

  • Storytelling at its best - The Times on The Making of the British Landscape

  • As panoramic as it is revelatory - Observer on The Making of the British Landscape

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Nicholas Crane

Nicholas Crane is an author, geographer, cartographic expert and recipient of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Mungo Park Medal in recognition of outstanding contributions to geographical knowledge, and of the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award for popularising geography and the understanding of Britain. He has presented several acclaimed series on BBC2, among them MAP MEN, TOWN, BRITANNIA and COAST. He was elected President of the Royal Geographical Society in 2015.

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