"Wonderfully subversive, far-reaching and unsentimental" (Observer
"Richard Mabey is a man for all seasons, most regions and every kind of landscape" (Andrew Motion Financial Times
"An elegant and heartfelt essay on mankind's changing relationship with trees" (Sunday Telegraph
"A leaf-storm of philosophical musings, journeys of mind and body, reflections and anecdotes that imprint the tree on human culture" (Sunday Times
"A terrific combination of both natural and intellectual history, informed by penetrating insight" (Independent
About the Author
Richard Mabey is the father figure of modern nature writing in the UK. Since 1972 he has written some 40 influential books, including the prize-winning Nature Cure, Gilbert White: a Biography, and Flora Britannica. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society.
He spent the first half of his life amongst the Chiltern beechwoods, and now lives in Norfolk in a house surrounded by ash trees.