Patrick Wright has taken the history and myth of the requisitioned village of Tyneham in Dorset as his central theme in this book but has created a work that covers a much wider scope From the German Youth Movements of the 1920s to the Arcitecture Association of the 1970s, he wanders far from the main theme in order to explore all the influential factors, theories and people While his research has undoubtedly been thorough, I found that the book has too much information and its sprawl becomes Patrick Wright has taken the history and myth of the requisitioned village of Tyneham in Dorset as his central theme in this book but has created a work that covers a much wider scope From the German Youth Movements of the 1920s to the Arcitecture Association of the 1970s, he wanders far from the main theme in order to explore all the influential factors, theories and people While his research has undoubtedly been thorough, I found that the book has too much information and its sprawl becomes overwhelming It s a fantastic collation of knowledge but I think it needed much stronger editing Overlong, could do with some editing down Had to remember a lot of characters and their relationships hard for me to do however saying that it is a great amount of research and historical details that are worth recording. Very difficult to read and not always relevant This is a book about the stories that lie hidden in the folds of an English landscapeTyneham is the archetypal lost village a Dorset hamlet in a beautiful valley evacuated for the sake of the Royal Armoured Corps tanks during the Second World War, and never returned to its inhabitants despite Churchill s pledge of restitution It has lurked in the national imagination ever since, as a place of mythical rural innocence violated by the modern world a symbol of a vanished England, a Thomas Hardy scene blasted by cannon As film set or as the focus of campaigns for its restoration, Tyneham has become an enduring lost causePatrick Wright does much than tell the strange, comic, but also moving story of this village and its afterlife That in itself is a tale in which the villagers and their former landlords are brought vividly to life, and it evokes a mysterious stretch of coastline that has drawn mystics and artists for over a century As it describes the dramatic collision between tanks and the landscape of Old England, Wright s book also traces out the broader history of conservation and its place in out national imagination