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The sun didn’t shine for the Anglo-Saxons

Descriptions of the weather tell an important story about English history, argues Joanna Kavenna

Buttermere Lake, with Park of Cromackwater, Cumberland, a Shower, by JMW Turner

Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English Skies by Alexandra Harris (Thames & Hudson, £24.95) The English are traditionally mocked for their obsession with the weather. They are also, of course, mocked for the weather itself. Yet Alexandra Harris, the author of Weatherland, is not centrally concerned with the famous asperities of the English weather; the climate in this country, she observes, has remained…

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