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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,241 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

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dodie on 28 Oct. 2012
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Beasley on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MW on 28 Jun. 2010
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mellisdunelm on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith on 5 Nov. 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Oldham on 13 April 2014
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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'. I read `Waterlog' back then which, just like `Notes from Walnut Tree Farm' (NfWF), is a book you can just dip into. Roger wasn't a dippy writer, but I'd say that, from his bravely open, artistic and demonstrative words, he was an unusual character with such a feeling and love of nature that I always wanted to read him as a treat. I think that this perhaps isn't always a truly objective assessment or view of the natural world, so some tolerance with Roger's ideas is needed. But once accepted as such, then I found myself bathing in his very real love and fascination of the natural surroundings of his home in Suffolk (close to Diss): bathing in his beautiful words. But I also often found myself learning solid and reliable facts too on a variety of topics spread over the course of a year. Positive and tender love radiates in NfWTF and this is because Roger was an especially sweet and romantic man, I think. And so a book well worth reading for many reasons as it's as much about a special, imaginative human being as about our native plants, trees and creatures. I often felt like getting into my car to go and see for myself the beauty he describes...even if it's not always quite like that in reality...you know?
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2008
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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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Galway Reader on 30 Jan. 2009
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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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