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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099587238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099587231
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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A timely new edition of Richard Mabey's profound and poetic book, Beechcombings, now updated with a new foreword and afterword by the author

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJH on 15 Sept. 2013
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Five stars for the actual content of the book but it's worth being aware that this is Mabey's Beechcombings with a new sleeve/title - something that (irritatingly) I'd missed when ordering.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary in the garden on 14 Sept. 2013
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The book deals with human reaction to trees and some of the problems this can bring about. It suggests taking the long view .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda M beresford on 9 Nov. 2014
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Opens ones eyes to the world we co habit and everyone should appreciate.
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Pity that the original pictures are missing 15 Nov. 2013
By Simon Esposito - Published on Amazon.com
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This is no textbook, rather (in Richard Mabey's usual approach to nature writing) it is a personal set of essays around British woodland, its meaning and 'construction', and its future.

I did have access to it at my local library, but I thought it would be good to get this updated edition on Kindle. Unfortunately the one week refund window passed before I realized that the photographs and artworks of the original book are missing. This is a great pity because, rather than being 'general illustration', the book's pictures relate closely to the text, very often forming subjects of the book's essays. The original edition had full-page color plates, but I would have been happy enough with Kindle's black-and-white if the resolution was high. Anything really, just to capture the essence of the pictures and get some idea of what you're reading about.

I can't say if the latest paperback edition (if there is one) has done the same thing. But without some effort by the publisher on the pictures, $9.99 is too much to pay.
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