I read this book on a visit to France, travelling along the leafy autoroutes of Brittany where illustrated road signs told wordless stories about the places through which we were passing. Sanctuaries for rare birds, villages turned into battlefields, industrial hubs, places to find God, and places to eat the best apples. These simple, creative signs made a long journey more interesting, bringing to life – even for just a few seconds – the countryside zooming past. It was a connection between time and place that had also been forged in the book lying on my lap, although instead of northern France, ...


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