Books by Patrick Wright:

The Village that Died for England

First published by Jonathan Cape, 1995
Paperback edition by Vintage, 1996
Expanded and revised edition, Faber and Faber, 2002.


‘The most depressing book I have read for years’.
– John Carey, Sunday Times

‘A lovely transect through a multiply contested country terrain’.
– Francis Spufford, Guardian

‘A beautifully-written exploration of Englishness, unpicking a litany of lost causes and passionate eccentrics with the steadiest of hands.’
– Adam Thorpe, ‘top 10 books with a sense of place’, Guardian Unlimited

‘Exhilarating . . . In his powerful anatomy of the idea of English Pastoral, Wright relishes its collision with the harsher realities of rural life and the metallic intrusions of the modern world’.
– Jane Dunn, Observer

‘An infinitely subtle parable about the politics of landscape . . .  Wright makes a dazzling array of connections to create what is really a masterpiece of English irony’.
– Richard Bradley

‘I have thrown it across various rooms’.
– Byron Rogers, Literary Review

‘Possibly the best book about the country ever written’.
–David Hayes, New Statesman.

‘A superb exploration of Anglo-Saxon attitudes to the landscape and its inhabitants’.
– Colin Ward, New Statesman

Wright is, as ever, a finder, a noticer, a powerful sustainer of argument. He brokers the most unlikely connections: Llewelyn and the tank, chalk strollers and local fascists’.
– Iain Sinclair

‘. . . an extraordinary protracted narrative of slow encroachment, spirited resistance, collaboration and defeat, and he tells it with all the vividness and zest for its mad life which a novelist might bring to some much more likely antiquary’s tale of mystery and imagination.’
Fred Inglis, Times Higher Education Supplement.

‘In this book, Patrick Wright charts, with a wealth of most peculiar detail, every variety of romantic nostalgia, greed, tolerance and outrage which has contributed to the decline of rural England.’
– John Mortimer, Daily Mail.

‘Ostensibly the story of Tyneham, a Dorset village that was evacuated in 1943 to make way for the D-Day preparations and whose residents were never allowed to return, despite Winston Churchill’s promise. For Wright however, detail is everything and he clambers over the locked gates and barbed wire fences to discover a “deep England” of eccentric squires, quasi-fascistic communes and neolithic pathways’.
– Billy Bragg, ‘top ten books about Englishness’, Guardian Unlimited

‘Arguably the most exhaustive rummaging through the overstuffed baggage of 20th century Englishness so far attempted.’
– Jonathan Keates, Spectator.

‘His eccentrics and idealists, local campaigners and passive farmworkers may never get to the pages of conventional history. But in telling the story of their battle for a lost paradise, he has struck pure gold.’
– David Robinson, The Scotsman