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Whimsical, fascinating tree lore,
This review is from: Out of the Woods: The Armchair Guide to Trees (Hardcover)
The reader is taken on a humorous and educational walk, metaphorically leaving the car in the lay-by and venturing into the woods beyond. We are encouraged to look at the trees around us in a new way. The ash, for example, is a "bisexual-transsexual-hermaphrodite creature", a "mad old bastard dancing in the nude". The Gingko, we are reminded, may have been around for 250 million years, and its genetic composition enabled several to survive Hiroshima. We are told how the wood from each tree smells when it burns, oak apparently resembling "kippers and bacon overlaid with single malt". I read this book in small doses over several months. It is thoroughly entertaining, amusing and informative rather than primarily a guide to identification.