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Past Event: Shadowlands with Matthew Green

Matthew Green
Historian Matthew Green introduces his new book, Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain, in this FREE online event for Faber Members.

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7:00 pm
About the Event
Drowned. Buried by sand. Decimated by plague. Plunged off a cliff. This is the forgotten history of Britain’s lost cities, ghost towns and vanished villages: our shadowlands.

Teeter on the brink of oblivion with historian Matthew Green as he introduces his new book, Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain. Hear the extraordinary stories of the spectral echoes, lost causes and dead ends of history that scar Britain’s landscape. These will include Dunwich, a medieval city plunged off the Suffolk coast; the lost Welsh city of Trellech, unearthed by moles; Skara Brae in Orkney, a neolithic village engulfed in sand; Wharram Percy, a village in North Yorkshire lost to the plague; Winchelsea in East Sussex, the medieval port twice destroyed by the sea; the abandoned Hebridean island of St Kilda; and Stanta, the Norfolk settlements lost to war games.

Shadowlands is so well researched, beautifully written and packed with interesting detail. Green is both historian and prophet, offering a warning we need to pay attention to . . . alarming and valuable.’ Claire Tomalin

‘A beautiful book, truly original. Shadowlands is poetic history written with great literary flair, inqusitiveness, soul-searching and humanity . . . It is a marvellous achievement.’ Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England

‘An exquisitely written, moving and elegiac exploration . . . a book to savour and cherish.’ Suzannah Lipscomb

‘A haunting, lyrical tour around the lost places of Britain.’ Charlotte Higgins, author of Under Another Sky

‘A haunting and miraculous work of resurrection, stinging in a perpetual present’. Iain Sinclair, author of The Gold Machine

‘Superb. A beautifully written atlas of Ghost Britain, a summoning of places lost to memory, and a deft excavation of the void underlying myths of national identity.’ William Atkins, author of Exiles


Image credit: Hayley Benoit

What to Expect

Our online events take place via Zoom and last up to one hour.

  • You will be emailed the link for the event the day before the event. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the event, please forward your confirmation email to
  • You can email your questions in in advance to or ask them via the Q&A function on the night, although we are unable to guarantee which questions, if any, will be covered due to time constraints.
  • When you book for this event, you will receive an email confirmation along with a promotional code to use on our website for 20% off Shadowlands.
About the Author

Dr Matthew Green is a historian, writer and broadcaster with a doctorate from Oxford University. He has appeared in documentaries on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and has written historical features for the Guardian and Financial Times. He is the founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive tours of London as live events, podcasts and apps. He is the author of London: A Travel Guide Through Time and Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain. Follow Matthew on Twitter: @drmatthewgreen

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The untold story of the hidden places across Britain that have slipped through the fingers of history.