From Zawn Organ, Cornwall to Zoar in Shetland via Zion Place in Somerset and Zulu Farm, Oxfordshire, The Z-Z of Great Britain is, arguably, the definitive work on every town, village and speck on the map that begins with a zed.
Providing an essential profile of each and every zed locale in the land and, thoughtfully, instructions on how to get there, Dixe Wills' has written the new zedthusiast bible.
Visit, perhaps, the hamlet of Zabulon in Carmarthenshire, Wales. (Dixe recommends a train to Whitland, east along the B2328, left at the old pillbox, under the railway bridge and it's second on your right.) Meet Gareth, Val, one dog that's called Tim, another that isn't, and have a go on the sit-on lawnmower. Z-Z also includes detailed maps and a unique rating system to cut the hassle of planning your next zedventure.
And, for when you're enjoying a pint at the end of the day in the The Half Moon, Zig Zag Hill's local, Z-Z features a dazzling introduction to the tempestuous and often distasteful history of the letter at the very extremity of the English language.
Dixe Wills writes a monthly column for culture magazine Third Way and has contributed sections for two books produced by the football magazine When Saturday Comes. A former human rights reporter from Guatemala, he now lives in the relative safety of Clerkenwell.
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