The title and sub title of his book rising ground a search for the spirit of the place an intriguingly enigmatic title if ever there was one already has me impatient to explore what was once simply home. In rising ground philip marsden explores our sense of place he travels through cornwall via bodmin moor clay country and penwith and ends his journey on the isles of scilly his travels are rooted in his own place the farmhouse he is renovating at ardevoroa on the upper fal. Rising ground a search for the spirit of place review philip marsdens love letter to cornwall a thought provoking exploration of cornish lives and landscapes has an affinity with the work . Rising ground is a record of that journey but it is also so much more a beautifully written meditation on place nature and human life that encompasses history archaeology geography and the love of place that suffuses us when we finally find home. Rising ground a search for the spirit of place philip marsden nearly as old as the hills themselves are the man made monuments that dot their slopes the cairns burial chambers and stone circles that seem to mark out in some mysterious way mans
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