Park Life

Around the World in 50 Parks

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £16.99
  • Publication date: 9 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9781800070097

About the book

If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that people love parks

As horizons shrank, we took stock. At first, a sense of panic set in: nowhere to go, nothing to do…

Then we all went to the park, and we realized something: we need greenery – we crave it.

Whether we’re in Colombia or Korea, America or Australia, urban parks are places where we can find calm amid the chaos. They can also (more often than we may realize) conceal intriguing hidden histories, and can tell us something about modern life in our frenzied world, too.

With fondness and humour, travel writer Tom Chesshyre recalls 50 of his favourite urban parks from across the world, in a love letter to the green escapes that bring us joy in our cities.

About the author

Tom Chesshyre is the author of ten travel books. He has travelled 40,000 miles around the world for his train books; most recently for Slow Trains Around Spain: A 3,000-Mile Adventure on 52 Rides. His book writing has also taken him across North Africa after the Arab Spring, round the “dark side” of the Maldives on cargo ships and on a journey through “unsung Britain” (in To Hull and Back). He worked on travel desk of The Times for 21 years and is now freelance. His train column “Tickets, Please” appears in The Critic magazine. He lives in London.