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Roger Deakin
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25 Jun 2009

Notes from Walnut Tree Farm is a collection of writing by Roger Deakin

For the last six years of his life, Roger Deakin kept notebooks in which he wrote his daily thoughts, impressions, feelings and observations about and around his home, Walnut Tree Farm. Collected here are the very best of these writings, capturing his extraordinary, restless curiosity about nature as well as his impressions of our changing world.

'Marvellous, wonderful, lovely, remarkable . . . to be read and reread and treasured' Elizabeth Jane Howard, Daily Mail

'Very funny, sharp-eyed. To look at the world through Deakin's eyes was to see somewhere that was more wonderful than it often appears' Sunday Telegraph

'Thoughtful and invigorating, full of humour, timeless . . . will take its place among the classics of Nature diaries . . . to be read alongside Frances Kilvert, Gilbert White, and Dorothy Wordsworth' Mail on Sunday

'Gentle, straight, honest, inquisitive, funny, melancholic' Spectator

'So busy and bustling with life' Observer

'A secular saint' The Times

Roger Deakin, who died in August 2006, shortly after completing the manuscript for Wildwood, was a writer, broadcaster and film-maker with a particular interest in nature and the environment.He lived for many years in Suffolk, where he swam regularly in his moat, in the river Waveney and in the sea, in between travelling widely through the landscapes he writes about in Wildwood. He is the author of Waterlog, Wildwood and Notes from Walnut Tree Farm.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141039027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141039022
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A filmmaker and writer with a particular interest in nature and the environment, Roger Deakin was the author of Wildwood and the highly acclaimed Waterlog. He lived in Suffolk, and died there in August 2006, aged 63.

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'Superb. Totally fresh and vivid' - Chris Yates 'Deakin's account sings, as unruly and robust as the world he bore witness to ... Deakin's greatest gift is to make the ecologically minded life a matter of gleeful fun' Observer 'If anything this book is superior to Deakin's previous book Wildwood, which is saying something, since that was marvellous. The diary form works beautifully ... In just a few words, Deakin can delight and inspire in equal measure' - Tom Hodgkinson

About the Author

A filmmaker and writer with a particular interest in nature and the environment, Roger Deakin was the author of the highly acclaimed Waterlog and Wildwood. He lived in Suffolk, and died there in August 2006, aged 63.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notes from Walnut Tree farm 28 Oct 2012
By Dodie
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This is a lovely book for anyone who loves the countryside, especially the woods, and Roger Deakin fills the reader with a desire to get out there and take (another) look at familiar places. It follows the course of a year at his house in Suffolk and is the musings and jottings of a real country lover, well edited and easy to read. It is a comforting book as winter approaches as so much of it is about the continuity of nature as well as the need to protect our special places.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 7 Jun 2010
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A splendid book full of close observation of the countryside and its seasons. I read it weekly to reflect on my own experiences. Gentle but opinionated in the best way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Walnut Tree Farm 5 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
I feel like a member of a special club now I've read this book, and I've already bought a copy for a friend and lent out my copy to the first of many friends.
It is beautiful nature writing, compiled from 6 year's of journals to make a 'year book' of short entries which give a big picture of this extraordinary man's life in a little pocket of Suffolk and his adventures beyond.
Like everyone else who has read this book, it has a special place in my heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my son. 28 Jun 2010
By MW
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Walnut Tree Farm was on a list of books requested by my son, who studying tree surgery, is keen to read anything related to trees and their habitats. Roger Deakin, with his all round knowledge of nature, writes about his experiences with humour and has the ability to transfer knowledge to anyone reading this book, he has already become one of my son's favourite authors. I look forward to it reading too.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After water and wood: notes 20 Nov 2008
By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A nice hardback, with a good feel to the paper and binding. And this is just the kind of book you would want in hardback, as you will probably dip in for many years to come.
These are rather spare, often unconnected musings. Unconnected in the sense that, unlike in his "Waterlog" or "Wildwood", there is no particular theme. But as he is a pretty holistic person, there are links and mental ley-lines all over the place, so the musings flow into each other smoothly, like water off a spinning ball. It is nice to see the links to his other books: swimming in the moat, memories of Kyrgyzystan.
After water and wood I find myself looking for the third leg of a trilogy, a common theme. That is not there. He comes back to water, and to wood, and to many other subjects; so maybe the third leg of his trilogy is thought about all, and about All. "Looking, just looking, is all we have to do, to see the essential truth." And we get an insight in his looking, through his eye, into his fellow feeling for all living things, into his consideration for others.

My only (very small) niggle is that occasionally I feel the notes for several years have been mixed up, which is slightly uncomfortable. But overall these notes flow well, and they are very enjoyable. He is an excellent, natural writer, and I recommend this book for your pleasure - and for your thoughtfulness, too.

And it's nice to see him is searching for Jefferies' old book "Bevis" - on Amazon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Notes from Walnut Tree Farm 30 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
A book to be dipped into rather than read in one sitting. Worth reading for his keen observations of the natural world around him and his own depth of knowledge. I found some of his opinions naive and even innocent ( though there's no harm in that), and there was the uncomfortable feeling that I was reading stuff that an author of Deakin's ability would never have published were he alive. Indeed, if you're coming to Roger Deakin for the first time, I would highly recommend that you get "Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees" instead which is a beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic 6 Mar 2012
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This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful, vivid, stirring, learned and delightful books I have ever read. Roger Deakin takes you to a very personal place; a Suffolk heaven. The sounds of birds and the movements of insects, the growth of flowers and the seasons are given names and colours. Having read Wildwoods and Waterlog this completed the triptych in the most beautiful style, so much so that I even paid my own tribute and visted the farm from the common this winter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching remembrance of Roger Deakin 5 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
Roger Deakin's notebooks have been lovingly put together into a year's diary. It is just that - observations, memories, comments - full of wisdom, knowledge and demonstrating his overwhelming love of the natural world around him. His sad, untimely death makes this book something really to be cherished.
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Published 17 days ago by Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars a delight for anyone who enjoyed Country Diary of an Edwardian ...
a delight for anyone who enjoyed Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady; conservationists will enjoy this, as will anyone interested in the quieter pace of life early 20th century. Read more
Published 1 month ago by retro
5.0 out of 5 stars bath in this beauty
I first came across Roger Deakin (who died in 2006) some years ago when I saw him talking about wild swimming on TV when he had just written his book `Waterlog'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Very inspirational. Roger Deakin explores his land and describes the flora a fauna in a special way in which you lean to develop a deep respect for conservation, and the species... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stu F
5.0 out of 5 stars Notes from Walnut Tree Cottage
A first rate book for those who appreciate the ordinary 'magical' things in life. Can also recommend Roger Deakin's other two books.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. K. E. Noakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Was a present for a sister and she really liked it. Haven't read it myself but pleased with the order.
Published 20 months ago by Astrid Natley
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a bit miserable
I loved Waterlog - in fact it changed my life, so I was expecting a lovely inspiring book. Instead I just kept thinking how sad Deakin must have been. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Skippy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not read yet
bought it because I'd read another one by the same author which I loved, next on my pile to read
Published 21 months ago by Ancient gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible writing
I adore Roger Deakin's writing. It's so sensitive and I just could not put this book down when I received it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Beckyboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and Enjoy
Roger is the first writer who thinks like I do, likes what I like, has an interest in the minutia of nature - you actually begin to believe you are inside Rogers head as he writes. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Mr. R. A. Eaton
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