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Tales From the Woods [Hardcover]

Pauline Buchanan Black , Felix Dennis , Bill Sanderson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Book Description

2 Sep 2010

Tales from the Woods is the latest collection of original poetry by poet, publisher and maverick multimillionaire Felix Dennis. Beautifully illustrated throughout with colour-washed pen and ink illustrations by artist Bill Sanderson, here are 50 evocative poems, celebrating trees and their part in our landscape, written by the biggest private planter of broadleaf trees in Britain.

Imbued with a deep love of the countryside, a warm, lyrical touch, and an often wry commentary to each poem, the book comes with a foreword by the head of the Tree Council. It will be published with Dennis's normal panache and accompanied by endorsements by his many supporters.

Lauded by the likes of Tom Wolfe and John Walsh, Tales from the Woods makes an elegant addition to poetry lovers' shelves.


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  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; 1st edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091937671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091937676
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Felix Dennis was imprisoned in 1971 as co-editor of OZ magazine. After his acquittal on appeal, he founded his own magazine publishing company in 1973 and made millions with the sale of Personal Computer World and MacUser in the mid-eighties. Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with headquarters in London and New York City. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Computer Shopper and Maxim. The annual Sunday Times Rich List estimates that Felix Dennis is the 65th richest individual in the UK. Following a life-threatening illness, his first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full was published by Hutchinson and the second, Lone Wolf, in 2004. His third collection, When Jack Sued Jill, was published by Ebury Press in November 2006. His other interests include planting trees and he divides his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique.

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"A 21st-Century Kipling" (Tom Wolfe)

"If Waugh were still alive, he would fall on Dennis's verse with a glad cry of recognition and approval" (John Walsh)

"Simple but effective, a tribute to the English countryside, delivering thoughtful and poignant insight" (Big Issue)

About the Author

Felix Dennis was imprisoned in 1971 as co-editor of OZ magazine. After his acquittal on appeal, he founded his own magazine publishing company in 1973 and made millions with the sale of PC World and MacUser in the mid-eighties. Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with headquarters in London and New York City. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Maxim, Men's Fitness and Computer Shopper. The annual Sunday Times Rich List estimates that Felix Dennis is the 88th richest individual in the UK. Following a life-threatening illness, his first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full was published by Hutchinson and the second, Lone Wolf, in 2004. His other interests include planting trees and he divides his time between homes in Warwickshire, London, New York, Connecticut and the Caribbean island of Mustique. Felix has his own website www.felixdennis.com

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This almost flew under my radar but having been attracted to it by a large advert in the Sunday Times (some times advertising does pay) I bought this with an open mind thinking that at this price there would be no great loss if it was rubbish. Which of course it isn't. It is rather quaint, perhaps twee in places but this can be forgiven given the heartfelt sentiments expressed in this poetry and even better, read out on the accompanying audio CD which brings the written word to life and is worth the purchase price alone. Coming at this not as a lover of poetry but a lover of nature, I think the balance is well catered for. By this I mean that I wouldn't necessarily know what "good" poetry was but I know what I want a poet to write about and the subject of trees is right up my street.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Gift 26 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
This collection of Felix Dennis's poems is one of the most attractive books I have had in my possession for a long time. As someone who loves trees, and anything written about trees and all tree art it was the perfect Christmas present. I have not read Dennis's poetry before, but the poems here are extremely accessible and stimulating, thus helping one to escape from the miseries of deepest Winter, this one as I write on Boxing Day 2010 being more miserable than most. The poems deal with a whole range of issues and periods of time within the world of woodlands. I couldn't find one uncomfortable metaphor within the verse, this being so rarely the case with my poetry reading. The illustrations by Bill Sanderson are beautiful and their style reminded me much of some of the more evocative artwork of those artistic heroes of my childhood, C F Tunnicliffe and S R Badmin. I was not so enthused by the few more fantastical pictures, but as child I would have undoubtedly adored those too, and the book in any case should appeal to a wide range of ages. A lot of work and thought has gone into the production of this book. Interestingly the notes contain a recommendation of Will Cohu's lavishly illustrated "Out of the Woods" book, this being one I have handled in bookshops and being in the "shall I or shan't I buy" category. On the strength of this I have placed said book on my wish list. I infer that Felix Dennis shares my love of first class accompanying artwork for books about the countryside, be they prose or poetry. I just wish more such books were illustrated with such solid beauty, and not with wishy-washy line drawings. The generously accompanying free CD of poem readings so far remains in cellophane but will I am sure brighten up a forthcoming rainy day or windy night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trees 28 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Although I like to read a poem it was nice to listen to the poems as they should be read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars rich prose and delightful illustrations 6 Feb 2011
By tutor
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book and another one for a friend because although I am not a poetry lover the illustrations in this little book are marvellous. The subject of trees in all their glory throughout the seasons are delightful and the simple line drawings in woodcut type style are so beautiful - I brought it for this reason. The illustration on page 18 of a bluebell wood scene is my favourite. Buy this book for its prose content but also if you are an art lover too - it pleases the eye as well as the emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOODLAND DREAMS 20 Jan 2012
By J. Colin Moss VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Felix Dennis poetry is special - accessible, fun, engaging, sometimes poignant, always a great read (or listen).

This version comes with a CD of Felix reading how work, and his voice adds real depth and vitality to these great poems.

Not into poetry reading? Neither was I until I went to one! But I am converted to Felix at least.

In this volume, Felix writes (and reads) about woodlands and country things. Some of his poems really invite thought, as his simple, gentle words lay on top of deeper and really fascinating ideas. A masterpiece of gentle poetry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tales from the woods 17 Aug 2013
By meerkat
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
lovely poetry 1st book I have purchased of his. his place at Dorsington is fab well worth a visit when its open for the ngs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 10 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Absolutely great book - wonderful words, and delightful illustrations.
Arived very promptly and well packaged. Not cheap, but well worth the money as it is a first edition and signed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and uplifting poetry for all who love our countryside
This is a beautifully illustrated volume of poetry, accessible to everyone. I love it so much that I have already bought five copies to. share the pleasure with friends
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Elizabeth G Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars trees
beautifully presented book. Poems are entertaining. I enjoyd reading it and will keep it in my collection. Interesting addition is the CD.
Published 17 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales From the Woods
This book is wonderful ,the poetry and the illustrations plus you get a CD of his work . Just brilliant .I highly recommend that you add it to your poetry collection.
Published 24 months ago by C. A. S. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales From the Woods
This book of poetry, along with the illistrations is a true inspiration. The poetry my not be the most complex ever butit simplistic but accurate cadence evokes the wood which are... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by mark @wigan
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
That so much can come from one mind is brilliant. "Homeless in my Heart" won me over a few years ago and I thank Felix Dennis for giving so much to us. Read more
Published on 22 April 2011 by piggie
4.0 out of 5 stars important subject
mostly i like the poems - just one or two seem lightweight, and the subject of trees is most important. the illustrations disappointed me but the words are why i bought the book. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by stephen john george
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