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The Dark Stuff

The Dark Stuff

Donald S Murray

People living on the edge or in the midst of moorland have interacted with their environment for centuries, utilising its resources and drawing upon its unique features to provide shape and meaning for their lives. Donald Murray's new book is an examination of the moorland, ranging from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and even Australia. Donald explores moorland in all its different guises and roles, considering its scientific, aesthetic and preservative qualities, reflecting on how for centuries humans have represented it in literature, art and folk tales, and revealing both its industrial heritage and how we still use and abuse it today. In particular, Donald examines the politics of ownership and the way Europe's moorlands have been employed for punitive purposes and in rebellions against the authority of the state. Donald weaves in childhood memories and his experiences from the Isle of Lewis as he investigates oral histories, poetry, songs and historical records about these locations. 272 pages.

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