Who owns England? Behind this simple question lies this country’s oldest & best-kept secret. This is the history of how England’s elite came to own our land, & an inspiring manifesto for how to open up our countryside once more. This book has been a long time coming. Since 1086, in fact. For centuries, England’s elite have covered up how they got their hands on millions of acres of our land, by constructing walls, burying surveys & more recently, sheltering behind offshore shell companies. But with the dawn of digital mapping & the Freedom of Information Act, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for them to hide.

Who Owns England

Trespassing through tightly-guarded country estates, ecologically ravaged grouse moors and empty Mayfair mansions, writer and activist Guy Shrubsole has used these 21st century tools to uncover a wealth of never-before-seen information about the people who own our land, to create the most comprehensive map of land ownership in England that has ever been made public. From secret military islands to tunnels deep beneath London, Shrubsole unearths truths concealed since the Domesday Book about who is really in charge of this country – at a time when Brexit is meant to be returning sovereignty to the people. Melding history, politics and polemic, he vividly demonstrates how taking control of land ownership is key to tackling everything from the housing crisis to climate change – and even halting the erosion of our very democracy. Out now in paperback available in store and online.

Guy Shrubsole will be giving a reading form this book at St Marys, Monday, 23 March. 6pm £2 On The Door.

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