Meetings With Remarkable Trees Hardcover – 28 Oct 1996
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Thomas Pakenham, a distinguished historian of Africa, takes a new tack by writing an old-fashioned kind of book in Meetings with Remarkable Trees: a catalogue of trees of the British Isles. The last such book was published in 1826. In Meetings with Remarkable Trees Pakenham assembles a beautifully photographed gallery of 60-odd trees of Scotland, England and Ireland, and magnificent trees they are. One is a 600-year-old king oak that looms large over Charleville, Ireland; another is the yew tree that Wordsworth called the "pride of Lorton's vale"; still another is a sequoia brought from the United States and planted in a Herefordshire grove in 1851, where it has since flourished. Pakenham helpfully includes a map showing the locations of his scattered dramatis personae; you could make a fine tour retracing his steps and having a look for yourself. --Christine Buttery, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'For sheer impact nothing has equalled Thomas Pakenham's photographs, fierce and ethereal' Simon Jenkins, Book of the Year, Sunday Times 'a marvellous collection of photographs... an eminently readable, intelligent book.' Independent 'a book of translucent beauty...' Sunday Times 'entrancing... utterly beguiling...' Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
One of the tantalising things about this book is the possibility of finding, and visiting, some of the actual trees. I am certainly going to try. If you enjoy this, save up your pocket money for Remarkable Trees of the World (again, make sure you get the hardback) - it's worth the money for the section on baobabs lone.
Coming accross it years later then,quite by chance,at a very reasonable price on amazon..I took the plunge.
I was not at all dissapointed.
The book is a very personal expedition by the author.He takes the reader on a nostalgic, sentimental, often quite amusingly anecdotal journey.Delightfully filled with awe and wonderment.Observing on the remarkable events and strifes,possibly witnessed through time by each of these great leviathons of the old forests.Living and growing,sometimes albiet completely against the odds,through many many generations of mankind.
I also personly believe that the book serves very well on a different level.That is to consciously remind us all,how we should each personally endevour to do much more.To each try to protect and preserve however we can,our wonderfully precious,ailing and ancient planet.
Totally recommended..and beautifully photographed.
Really a fascinating book with lots of superb photography.
Covers UK and Ireland but what a super collection of trees he covers.
Very well made coffee table book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this as a present for my dad's birthday and he absolutely loved it. He could not stop going on about it. This book is for anyone who loves trees...Published 4 months ago by inspired
I thought that a book on Remarkable Trees would be a dead end. And I am never wrong, but how wrong was I here! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stig Bjarne Hansen
Thank you very much for purchase. I love it and I will buy from you again.Published 8 months ago by Bridie
This is a book that one can delve into again and again. It is a must for lovers of beautiful books.Published 10 months ago by David Turner