We are excited to welcome Mike Parker to our bookshop to discuss his fantastic new book All the Wide Border. Expect an evening of lively conversation and laughs with a lifelong wanderer.
All the Wide Border is a funny, warm and timely meditation on identity and belonging, following the scenic route along the England–Wales border: Britain’s deepest faultline. Mike Parker is the author of bestselling bookseller favourite, Map Addict, as well as On the Red Hill, which was highly commended by The Wainwright Prize and awarded Wales Book of the Year for creative non-fiction in 2020.
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Date: Thursday, 30th March
Doors at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
About All the Wide Border
All the Wide Border is a personal journey through the places, amongst the people, and across the divides of the border between England and Wales. Taking in some of our loveliest landscapes, and our darkest secrets, this is a region of immeasurable wonder and interest. It is there that the deepest roots and thorniest paradoxes of Britishness lie. The border between the countries, even as a concept, is ragged, jagged and many-layered.
Picking apart the many notions and clichés of Englishness, Welshness and indeed Britishness, Mike Parker plays with the very idea of borders, our fascination with them, our need for them, and our response to their power. In his hands, England–Wales border is revealed to be a border within us all, and it is fraying, fast.
”’I loved this book. Mike Parker weaves together a great deal of wide reading, hard thinking and soulful tramping in his funny, thoughtful and evocative investigation of the Welsh-English border.”
-Jesse Armstrong, creator of Succession and Peep Show96