Guy Shrubsole – Who Owns England?


Who owns England?

Behind this simple question lies this countrys oldest and best kept secret. This is the history of how Englands elite came to own our land – from aristocrats and the church to businessmen and corporations – and an inspiring manifesto for how to open up our countryside once more.

This audiobook has been a long time coming. Since 1086, in fact. For centuries, Englands elite have covered up how they got their hands on millions of acres of our land by constructing walls, burying surveys and, more recently, sheltering behind offshore shell companies. But with the dawn of digital mapping and the Freedom of Information Act, its becoming increasingly difficult for them to hide.

Trespassing through tightly guarded country estates, ecologically ravaged grouse moors and empty Mayfair mansions, writer and activist Guy Shrubsole has used these 21st century tools to uncover a wealth of never-before-seen information about the people who own our land, to create the most comprehensive map of land ownership in England that has ever been made public.

From secret military islands to tunnels deep beneath London, Shrubsole unearths truths concealed since the Domesday Book about who is really in charge of this country – at a time when Brexit is meant to be returning sovereignty to the people. Melding history, politics and polemic, he vividly demonstrates how taking control of land ownership is key to tackling everything from the housing crisis to climate change – and even halting the erosion of our very democracy.

Its time to expose the truth about who owns England – and finally take back our green and pleasant land.

Author: Guy Shrubsole
Narrator: Malk Williams
Duration: 12 hours 4 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Language: English

User Review:

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This book has almost grandiose at times, highly partisan ideas that are interwoven with the facts, sometimes in a way that borders on the absurd. With that being said, it is a fascinating history of real estate law and theory in the English world, and it is illuminating for me as an American, to understand how different UK history is in this regard than US history (the book is decently accessible to me as an American, although there is some historical knowledge I did not have that I had to cross-reference to fully understand Mr. Shrubsole). It raises some really interesting historical models such as gavelkind and how these models affect multi-generational wealth. One wishes that a similar history of this quality were available in the US, highlighting both the ways in which we are more transparent, and in which this issue is not holistically understood here, either. The personality of it, as a scientist and one time student journalist, is also charming – I really appreciate how Mr. Shrubsole makes the history of acquiring and unearthing this data deeply personal. It is well narrated and the narrator is well suited to the topic.