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The Shining Levels: The Story of a Man Who Went Back to Nature [Paperback]

John Wyatt
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4 Mar 1993
The "back to nature" story of the man who threw his nine-to-five job in the City to become a forest worker. It explains how he came to terms with the hardships of the land and how his friendships with the local characters and with Buck, an orphaned faun, developed.

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (4 Mar 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099218615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099218616
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic 19 Nov 2004
John Wyatt was brought up in an industrial town, and started working in town as a newspaperman. He decided town life was not for him, and took a job as an apprentice forest worker in the Lake District; he ended up as Head Warden for the Lake District National Park.
This book is about his days as a forestry worker. This is not about the Lake District of summer holidays - well, it is, but it is about all seasons, about beer and pie in the pub, about getting bogged down in swamps, about living rough in a self-built shelter; it is about the scent of different woods in the fire, about the taste of hawthorn buds, and about his ideas of true solitude.
I first read this book twenty-five years ago, and re-read it every few years. It always gives me pleasure, and ideas to think about, as well as itchy feet.
I recommend it highly to everyone who loves the wind in their hair, the scent of the forest, and a view of infinity!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to times past 21 May 2011
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This is a book which I wanted to read again. My original book I let a friend borrow I haven't either since so it was probably worth it. This book awakens in me a desire of what I wanted to do myself when I was in my twenties but never had the courage to do. Reading this account brings back a way of life past long ago. The simplicity of living without all the accouterments of modern ways is very refreshing and one can be transported back, if only for a few hours while reading it. Although out of print the copy was in a first class condition and was delivered within two days and at a unexpectedly reasonable price.
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