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Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees

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Publisher Comments:

Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" — as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls — the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees.

Deakin lives in forest shacks, goes "coppicing" in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple.

As the world's forests are whittled away, Deakin's sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world's marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience.

Review:

"In this last book before his death in 2006, Deakin (Waterlog) delights with his curiosity and affection for rambling forests in Europe and Australia. The book is as much about the woodland animals and humans engaged with forest life as it is about the trees, the rooks 'flinging themselves into a strong wind and somersaulting wildly upward, then diving straight down again into the woods like bungee jumpers'; the Essex Moth Group clustering around a mercury lamp to view moths with poetic names like 'the willow beauty, the dingy footman, the clouded silver'; and artists engaging with nature, like John Wolseley, inspired by the fire-struck Australian Whipstick Forest to create works expressing 'all the urgency and energy of the racing bushfire itself.' Deakin's lyrical, sometimes anthropomorphic portraits of trees and wood are saturated with his scientific knowledge and passion: a hazel branch, 'more of a magician's staff than a walking stick... naturally fluted and spiraled by the strangling effect of the honeysuckle stem that still encircled it like an asp... was a masterpiece of nature, the voluptuous embrace of the honeysuckle exciting the hazel into a frenzy of cell division.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Roger Deakin, who died in August 2006, shortly after completing the manuscript for Wildwood, was a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. His previous book, Waterlog, recounts his swimming adventures and has been hailed as a classic of nature writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Roots

Staying Put
The House-sheds: Camping
Study

Part Two: Sapwood

The Bluebell Picnic
The Rookery
The Moth Wood
Living in the Woods
The New Forest Revisited
Oak Apple Day
Willow
Shelter
The Sacred Groves of Devon
The Forest of Dean and Wye
Among Jaguars
David Nash
East Anglian Coast
Mary Newcomb
Driftwood

Part Three: Driftwood

The Woods and the Water
Pyrenees
Wild Horses
The Bieszczady Woods
Cockatoo
Utopia
At Leatherarse Gully
The Pilliga Forest
East to Eden
South to the Walnut Forests
Shaydan and Arslanbob

Part Four: Heartwood

Suffolk Trees
A New-laid Hedge
Coppicing
Tools and Workshops
Ash

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Rhona, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by Rhona)
I have rediscovered the joy of trees.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416593621
Subtitle:
A Journey Through Trees
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Deakin, Roger
Subject:
Trees & Forests - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Trees
Subject:
Forests and forestry
Subject:
Plants - Trees
Publication Date:
20090106
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Forests
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Trees

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Product details 416 pages Free Press - English 9781416593621 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this last book before his death in 2006, Deakin (Waterlog) delights with his curiosity and affection for rambling forests in Europe and Australia. The book is as much about the woodland animals and humans engaged with forest life as it is about the trees, the rooks 'flinging themselves into a strong wind and somersaulting wildly upward, then diving straight down again into the woods like bungee jumpers'; the Essex Moth Group clustering around a mercury lamp to view moths with poetic names like 'the willow beauty, the dingy footman, the clouded silver'; and artists engaging with nature, like John Wolseley, inspired by the fire-struck Australian Whipstick Forest to create works expressing 'all the urgency and energy of the racing bushfire itself.' Deakin's lyrical, sometimes anthropomorphic portraits of trees and wood are saturated with his scientific knowledge and passion: a hazel branch, 'more of a magician's staff than a walking stick... naturally fluted and spiraled by the strangling effect of the honeysuckle stem that still encircled it like an asp... was a masterpiece of nature, the voluptuous embrace of the honeysuckle exciting the hazel into a frenzy of cell division.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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