Reviews

  • "This is a fascinating, informative, revelatory book … The vast array of knowledge that Elborough disperses in this book will make you look at parks differently … Parks seem an immutable, strangely paradisiacal element of our fraught and complicated urban lives, but the fact that we actually have them, as Elborough demonstrates in this wonderful book is something to be marvelled at."

    William Boyd, Guardian
  • "Travis Elborough is becoming a latter-day Alan Bennett. Let loose in an array of reference libraries, he summons many a curious fact…from the shelves, which makes for a rich narrative… Alluring detail fills every page."

    Christopher Hawtree, Spectator
  • "Amiable new history of the public park… Turns up lots of interesting, joyful stuff… A Walk in the Park is an enjoyable stroll."

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • "His writing combines subtle drollery with a fantastical, Monty Python-ish strain… We can count this captivating book among the boons they [parks] have granted us."

    Andrew Martin, Financial Times
  • "Charming blend of the patriotic, popular and whimsical… Beautifully written."

    James McConnachie, Sunday Times
  • "Breezy but fact-filled prose… A worthy paean to the importance of parks to British life. His book is impassioned, informative."

    Daisy Dunn, The Times
  • "Quirky and delightful."

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • "Travis is a joyful cultural celebrant offering tantalizing nuggets of social history."

    Justine Crow, Families South East
  • "Quirky, lively history, full of unexpected detail."

    Simple Things
  • "Amiable new history of the public park… He turns up lots of interesting, joyful stuff along the way. He’s particularly good on our forebears’ taste for the ersatz… A Walk in the Park is an enjoyable stroll."

    Rachel Cooke, Guardian