'Engaging … much of the pleasure of this book – and it is immensely pleasurable – comes from the author’s own enjoyment and her sympathy with her subjects'
Jenny Uglow, Times Literary Supplement
'Original and wide-ranging'
Best Art Books of 2020, Sunday Times
'A wonderfully deft and varied study, full of voices, noticings, and contrasting ways of looking. Owens has a gift for making the past feel so close that we might be riding over a hill with Gerald of Wales or John Leland'
Alexandra Harris, author of 'Weatherland' and 'Romantic Moderns'
'An evocative and crowded chronicle … a book of idylls and nightmares'