The English Counties Illustrated is an Odhams book. Once so ubiquitous, these were cheaply produced volumes and usually printed in their hundreds of thousands on huge presses at the side of a by-pass in Watford. Except this one, because I see it's printed in Norwich. The jacket blurb says "This is not a guide book but rather an armchair companion, presenting an interesting and readable picture of each of the English counties". And what companions they are. Amongst many others are S.P.B. Mais, James Wentworth Day, Jack Simmons and John Betjeman. Here he is on the county he once lived in: "Berkshire is like a tattered old shoe, kicking out eastwards from Gloucestershire". For so long ignored, and perhaps a little sniffily, I think these books are now certainly worth seeking out again. Does that help with this morning's location? Probably not, but isn't that typography a treat?
I am a writer and photographer who spends all his time looking at England, particularly buildings and the countryside. But I have a leaning towards the slightly odd and neglected, the unsung elements that make England such an interesting place to live in. I am the author and photographer of over 25 books, in particular Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2006), More from Unmitigated England (Adelphi 2007), Cross Country (Wiley 2011), The Cigarette Papers (Frances Lincoln 2012) and Preposterous Erections (Frances Lincoln 2012)