Notes from Walnut Tree Farm Paperback – 25 Jun 2009
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'Superb. Totally fresh and vivid' - Chris Yates 'Deakin's account sings, as unruly and robust as the world he bore witness to ... Deakin's greatest gift is to make the ecologically minded life a matter of gleeful fun' Observer 'If anything this book is superior to Deakin's previous book Wildwood, which is saying something, since that was marvellous. The diary form works beautifully ... In just a few words, Deakin can delight and inspire in equal measure' - Tom Hodgkinson
About the Author
A filmmaker and writer with a particular interest in nature and the environment, Roger Deakin was the author of the highly acclaimed Waterlog and Wildwood. He lived in Suffolk, and died there in August 2006, aged 63.
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These are rather spare, often unconnected musings. Unconnected in the sense that, unlike in his "Waterlog" or "Wildwood", there is no particular theme. But as he is a pretty holistic person, there are links and mental ley-lines all over the place, so the musings flow into each other smoothly, like water off a spinning ball. It is nice to see the links to his other books: swimming in the moat, memories of Kyrgyzystan.
After water and wood I find myself looking for the third leg of a trilogy, a common theme. That is not there. He comes back to water, and to wood, and to many other subjects; so maybe the third leg of his trilogy is thought about all, and about All. "Looking, just looking, is all we have to do, to see the essential truth." And we get an insight in his looking, through his eye, into his fellow feeling for all living things, into his consideration for others.
My only (very small) niggle is that occasionally I feel the notes for several years have been mixed up, which is slightly uncomfortable. But overall these notes flow well, and they are very enjoyable. He is an excellent, natural writer, and I recommend this book for your pleasure - and for your thoughtfulness, too.
And it's nice to see him is searching for Jefferies' old book "Bevis" - on Amazon!
It is beautiful nature writing, compiled from 6 year's of journals to make a 'year book' of short entries which give a big picture of this extraordinary man's life in a little pocket of Suffolk and his adventures beyond.
Like everyone else who has read this book, it has a special place in my heart.
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Read all his books, Come back to them constantly for comfort.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Roger Deakin has a way of painting the simplest of scenes with the richest of prose. A true joy to read, this book gives you an insight in the life and mind of a brilliant writer... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nick, West Berkshire
Roger Deakin is a legend. The words he uses to describe nature is fantasticPublished 13 months ago by martin hewitt