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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844139204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844139200
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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)

"Beechcombings is a treasure trove of fact and anecdote linked to the beech tree... By the time you have reached the end of the book you will have accumulated an encyclopaedic knowledge of the uses and merits of different timbers and you will have an extensive list of locations to visit. A welcome present" (Michael Heseltine Spectator)

"The latest book from the doyen of our nature writers employs a key critical concept of recent decades to explore how we really see the natural word - with fascinating results... a terrific combination of both natural and intellectual history, informed by penetrating insight" (Independent)

"Like the woodlands itself, Beechcombings operates on many levels... Busting out is a leaf-storm of philosophical musings, journeys of mind and body, reflections and anecdotes that imprint the tree on human culture" (Sunday Times)

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`It's a scientific, historical, poetic account written in a quietly humorous, thoughtful style'

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After the somewhat vague meanderings of Nature Cure, Richard Mabey pulls of a brilliant book that is both a pleasure to read and a real education without ever feeling heavy. The use of language is once again a triumph in evoking the feel and splendour of our beech woodlands. My only real gripes are that whilst the book is a much better and structured read the ending does seem to come about rather suddenly and that my favourite rural author, H. J. Massingham, is dismissed as 'romantic'. Well there's nothing wrong with being romantic and you have to place your mindset at the time when Massingham was writing. But we digress. All in all a thoroughly good read.
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I had heard about Mabey for years as a prince among nature writers, and finally got around to reading some of his books. If like me you are obsessed by trees, especially beeches, then this will make your heart sing.

Beechcombings is stuffed with fascinating facts about how beeches grow, live and die, their uses and diseases, the friendships they have nurtured and the landscapes they have enhanced. Half historian, half poet, Mabey has produced a book to carry with you on woodland walks, and to return to.
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A work of art, insightful and honest. A deeply grounding work.
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brilliant quality of writing
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