As an environmentalist, Speakman’s interest lies primarily in the landscapes of the Dales, Moors, Wolds and South Pennines, but this is blended with an understanding of the cultural and industrial forces that shaped the landscapes we see today. But this ground-breaking book also looks ahead to a new post Brexit, post pandemic world in which the environment takes centre stage, with the emergence of new greener technologies that promise new economic prosperity for the people of the region, making a powerful case for English Devolution to allow Yorkshire to fulfil its potential within both Britain and Europe.
This is a very different book about Yorkshire. It is about celebrating many aspects of the region’s history, beauty, diversity and variety in the early 21st century. “The author takes a panoramic look at the broad acres unearthing fascinating facts from all corners along the way, while skilfully weaving them into a narrative of what the future may hold culturally, economically and politically for us” – The Dalesman