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Park Life: Around the World in 50 Parks

Tom Chesshyre

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Social & cultural history

As horizons shrank, we took stock. At first, a sense of panic set in: nowhere to go, nothing to do


Then we all went to the park, and we realized something: we need greenery we crave it.


Whether we re in Colombia or Korea, America or Australia, urban parks are wide open spaces where we can find calm amid the chaos. They also (more often than you may realize) have intriguing hidden histories, and they can tell us something about modern life in our frenzied world, too.


With fondness and humour, travel writer Tom Chesshyre recalls 50 of his favourite urban parks from across the world, in a love letter to the green escapes that bring us joy in our cities.

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