Our Island Stories: Country Walks through Colonial Britain by leading author of National Trust’s Colonial Countryside report, Corinne Fowler, publishes in the UK today with Allen Lane/ Penguin Books.

In this work of expansive and accessible history, Fowler embarks on ten country walks in rural Britain, opening up a deeper conversation about the countryside’s forgotten links to transatlantic slavery and colonialism. Roaming the island with varied companions, Fowler combines local and global history, connecting the Cotswolds to Calcutta, Dolgellau to Virginia, and Grasmere to Canton to uncover histories of Empire that are forgotten amongst the idyllic landscape. Fowler ultimately sets out to deepen Britons’ relationship with their beloved landscape by giving an honest account of our islands stories.

‘This is an essential and fascinating book‘ – Bernadine Evaristo

‘This is real, difficult, essential history delivered in the most eloquent and accessible way. … An important book’ – Sathnam Sanghera

‘A detailed and thoughtful exploration of historical connections that for too long have been obscured.’ – David Olusoga

In the run up to publication, Fowler has been featured in a four page interview with The Observer which you can read here and on Radio 4’s Today. She has also wrote about her experiences following the National Trust report for The Telegraph here.

Congratulations Corinne for this important publication. You can get your copy here