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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141190809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141190808
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Stewart Collis (1900-1984) was a writer whose books included biographies of George Bernard Shaw, Tolstoy and Christopher Columbus. He is best remembered for The Worm Forgives the Plough, from which The Wood is extracted

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`In the company of flowers we know happiness. In the company of trees we are able to think'

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. J. King on 21 Dec. 2012
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I would not normally award 5 stars to such a short memoir, coming in at just over 100 pages, but this book so inspired me with its evocative insights into a year working within a wood that I resolved to find out more about the writer, the wood, and eventually to own a piece of woodland myself. Readers familiar with Collis's writing will be aware that "The Wood" can also be found as part of "The Worm Forgives the Plough" which combines three of Collis's most well known rural recollections whose story is told elsewhere
In The Wood, Collis describes how during World War 2 he was given the task of thinning an Ash Wood on Cranborne Chase in Dorset. He describes loosely the progress of the seasons and of his work, almost always alone except for his faithful dog Bindo. In his usual style Collis medidates on a theme and digresses into placing his thoughts in a wider context, just as metaphorically he sometimes looked out from the wood's edges into the wider world of the Chase beyond.
At the conclusion of his work, the wood's owner renames it "Collis Piece" in recogition of his work, an act that moved Collis enormously. (Readers may be interested to know that having failed to locate Collis Piece on any map I researched the background and I am pleased to say that after 60 years hidden in estate records I have seen the document thanks to the estate owners and that the name Collis Piece can be attached to the wood once again. The wood itself still thrives, and I can even see the large old oak tree under which I think Collis took his ease and shelter. The Wood is still very peaceful, sitting high on a Dorset Hill, and it is still possible to look out far over fields and countryside in all directions to distant horizons, and ponder just as Collis did, resting after a morning's work. I hope this small but beautiful book remains to inspire others, and is not lost to obscurity.
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By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2015
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A short, nicely presented and bound book taken from the writings of the great English writer on the natural world, John Stewart Collis (1900-1984), author of The Worm Forgives the Plough (from which 'The Wood' is extracted) as well as an unusual book about his own body, Living With a Stranger, among many others.
Collis was one of life's enjoyers, and wrote in praise and understanding of his farmer's rural world, infusing everything he wrote with an appreciation of, in particular, nature and the wild, in clear poetic prose that is inspiring and often uplifting.
Here, Collis talks of woods and the trees therein. If, like me, you love a wood, you'll almost certainly love this brief but telling book about them. It helps too that he wrote like a dream.
This slim volume will fit in most pockets, and I can think of few books so worth keeping about one's person, whether going to your local coffee house or going on a longer journey.
At just over 100 pages, you get a lot to read and think about, and if it doesn't send you back into your nearest woodland at the earliest opportunity, I'd be very surprised.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spratton CE Primary School on 13 Oct. 2014
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great book
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