About England (pub: Reaktion Books)

About England is a new publication by David Matless, Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Nottingham. The book explores how ‘England’ and ‘Englishness’ have been imagined since the 1960s, and includes sevearl references to my photographs in We English and Merrie Albion.

‘England’ and ‘Englishness’ have received much attention in the twenty-first century, not least in debates over Brexit. About England explores how these concepts have been imagined since the 1960s, covering themes including politics, popular culture, geography, art, architecture, film and music.

David Matless navigates the country’s complex cultural terrain, revealing the ways in which the national is entangled with the local, the regional, the European, the international, the imperial, the post-imperial and the global. He also addresses physical landscapes, from the village and country house to the urban, suburban and industrial, and reflects on the ‘English modern’. About England uncovers the genealogy of recent cultural and political debates in England, showing how twenty-first-century concerns and anxieties have been moulded by events over the previous sixty years.

He is also the author of Landscape and Englishness (1998), an influential study of cultures of landscape in twentieth century England.


1 April 2023


245 mm x 165 mm | 360 pages

62 illustrations

Hardback | £20