Professor Oldroyd writes extremely well and manages to make entertaining and informative what could have been a huge chunk of indigestible geological parochialism. His book is the scientific biography of a picturesque region of England. Its varied geology and the range of physical processes that have operated on its rocks are in large measure responsible for its allure and the author is thus faced with drawing together disparate scientific strands woven by a cast of hundreds, many of whom are alive and still active in Lakeland geological research. He makes no apologies for his book being a labour of love...

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