A provocative and playful exploration of the Green Man, from an exciting new talent
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Who, or what, is the Green Man, and why is this medieval image so present in our precarious modern times?
An encounter with a carving of the Green Man at an ancient church leads Nina Lyon on a search to track him down in all his various guises. Against a backdrop of mountains, forests, rivers and stone circles, a cult of the Green Man emerges, as Nina explores his meaning and how he came into being. Meanwhile, in the woods, from an overgrown Welsh railway line to leafy London suburbia, strange things are happening . . .
Distinguished by the excellence of its writing and its quirky, hobbyhorsical discursiveness, Uprooted is very much a book for our confusing and ever more confused times.
[A] hugely entertaining and stimulating book.
What is most remarkable about Nina Lyon's stylish and eloquent book is the way she has mapped extraordinary things - ley lines, mythological figures, alchemy, magic - onto ordinary modern experience in a way that enhances in both directions . . . [it] is a major triumph which enables you to see the unfamiliar with new eyes.
This quirky but engaging book describes Lyon's quest to track down as many examples of the [Green Man] as she can, on a journey that takes her from a Herefordshire church and Avebury in Wiltshire to the Black Forest, and from Gawain and the Green Knight to various festivals, meeting hippies and morris dancers along the way . . . Lyon is a witty and insightful writer and her account is infused with a self-deprecating charm.
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