Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 6, 2009 - Nature - 416 pages
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.

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User Review  - Oskar_Matzerath - LibraryThing

Roam with Roger, fellow tree tourist, to find all types of apples in the ukraine, to enter the world of walnuts, too, and buried roads and pleaching. Write about your favorite trees this week! Read full review

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User Review  - lisaeden - LibraryThing

Deakin was a rare talent who made the commonplace magical and powerful. Although the book focuses on the beauty and importance of woodlands and trees, he is really bringing alive the British ... Read full review


Camping 9
The Bluebell Picnic 35
The Moth Wood 59
The New Forest Revisited 76
Willow 95
The Sacred Groves of Devon 110
The Forest of Dean and Wye 126
The Bieszczady Woods 215
Cockatoo 232
Utopia 247
The Pilliga Forest 268
East to Eden 283
South to the Walnut Forests 301
Shaydan and Arslanbob 324
Suffolk Trees 349

David Nash 151
East Anglian Coast 171
Driftwood 185
The Woods and the Water 197
Coppicing 364
Ash 382

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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.

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