'A terrific combination of both natural and intellectual history, informed by penetrating insight' -- Independent
'Bursting out is a leaf-storm of philosophical musings, journeys of mind and body, reflections and anecdotes that imprint the tree on human culture', -- Sunday Times
'Mabey's writing is as brilliant in its minutely observed detail as in its broad sweeps' -- Financial Times Magazine
'[a] passionate, learned and sometimes challenging book' -- Sunday Telegraph
'a thoughtful, lyrical and entertaining book that deserves to be read'
-- British Wildlife
`Beechcombings is a treasure trove of fact and anecdote linked to the beech tree'
`Mabey has taken the anniversary of the Great Storm as the frame for this superb history of our changing attitudes to trees' -- Evening Standard
`Richard Mabey is as gifted an observer of himself as of the natural world: he sees that the two are, plant-like, intertwined' -- The First Post
`This is the book of range and ambitions that his many admirers hoped he would write' -- Guardian
`a beautifully written meditation on our ancient and complex relationship with beech trees' -- Conde Nast Traveller
`It's a scientific, historical, poetic account written in a quietly humorous, thoughtful style'
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