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The Green Road Into The Trees [Hardcover]

Hugh Thomson
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"An immensely enjoyable book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful and savagely candid" (John Gimlette The Spectator)

"He records more than impressions: there are fascinating excursions into neglected areas of British history, and conversations with hippies, travellers and farmers, which makes Mr Thomson's journey a joy to follow." (Country Life)

"An ideal companion - knowledgeable, but refreshingly unpretentious" (Tom Robbins Financial Times)

"The author travels from the centre of England to its outermost edges, taking in drover paths and old ways, showing how half-forgotten cultures lie much closer to the surface than we may think." (Saga Magazine)

"I would love to walk with Thomson" (John Sutherland Financial Times)

Book Description

In the past, award-winning travel writer and explorer Hugh Thomson has written books about Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya. Now he returns to explore the most exotic and foreign country of them all - his own.

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In the past, Hugh Thomson has written books of exploration about places like Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya. Now he returns to explore the most exotic and foreign country of them all - his own.

From the very centre of England - literally, as his village is said to be the geographical point furthest from the sea - he travels out to the furthest edges of the land. The Green Road Into The Trees is a journey enlivened and made rich by the characters he meets along the way. And the ways he takes are the old ways, the drover-paths and tracks, the paths and ditches half covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak: the trails that can still be traced by those who know where to look.

Just as in his acclaimed book about Peru, The White Rock, Hugh shows how older, seemingly forgotten cultures, like the Celts, Saxons and Vikings, lie much closer to the surface than we may think; they have created some of the fault lines of land, wealth and privilege that we still live with. In recent years, archaeologists have uncovered some remarkable new findings about these cultures that have yet to percolate through to the wider public. By taking a journey through both the sacred and profane landscapes of ancient England, Hugh casts unexpected light - and humour - on the way we live now.

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Praise for Hugh Thomson

The White Rock:An Exploration of the Inca Heartland

'In The White Rock, the whole continent becomes a plot with suspense and a cast of outrageous characters... This is Bruce Chatwin with cojones.'Andy Martin, Independent

'The long-awaited definitive travel book on Peru.'John Hemming

Cochineal Red:Travels through Ancient Peru

'Thomson always reminds us that the world is not, after all, explored.' Benedict Allen, Independent on Sunday, Book of the Year

'A dizzying tour through five turbulent millennia. The cumulative effect is enthralling.'Sara Wheeler, The Times

Nanda Devi:A Journey to the Last Sanctuary

'Thomson belongs to a rare species of explorer. He is a writer who explores and not an explorer who writes. And it is Thomson's extreme humility in the face of both danger and extraordinary success that places him in the same tradition as Eric Newby.' Geographical.

Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico

'A beautiful book, full of appreciation and aphorism, an unashamedly personal story. It's soulful, very funny, thoughtful, with a deep romanticism at its heart. And it takes the reader to places we may not have dreamed of going - places of geography, the spirit and the emotions.' Martin Fletcher, Independent

'Utterly beguiling.' Boyd Tonkin

About the Author

Hugh Thomson is the author of five previous travel books, the most recent of which, Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico, was serialised by BBC Radio 4. He has led many research expeditions to Peru and is a leading explorer of Inca settlements. He has also taken filming expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Mexican Sierra Madre.

'Everywhere Thomson goes, he finds good tales to tell...' New York Times Book Review

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