Notes from Walnut Tree Farm Hardcover – 30 Oct 2008
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For the last six years of his life, Roger Deakin kept notebooks in which he wrote his daily thoughts, impressions, feelings and observations. Discursive, personal and often impassioned, they reveal the way he saw the world, whether it be observing the teeming ecosystem that was Walnut Tree Farm, thinking about the wider environment, walking in his fields, on Mellis Common or on his travels at home, or contemplating his past and his present life. "Notes from Walnut Tree Farm" collects the very best of these writings, capturing Roger's extraordinary, restless curiosity about the natural and human worlds, his love of literature and music, his knack for making unusual and apposite connections, and of course his distinct and subversive charm and humour. Together they cohere to present a passionate, engaged and - in spite of the worst pressures of contemporary life - optimistic view of our changing world.See all Product description
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Roger Deakin was an author, broadcaster and film-maker, as well as being a founder director of Common Ground, the environmental and arts charity. He restored and lived in Walnut Tree farm from 1974 until his death in 2006. Waterlog was published by Deakin in 1999. Wildwood was published posthumously in 2007, followed by Notes from Walnut Tree farm in 2008. Edited by Alison Hastie and Terence Blacker, the contents are taken from Deakin's copious notebooks.
I find Deakin's work compulsive, immersive and immensely pleasurable to read. Notes from Walnut Tree farm forms an addendum to a great life and to the other two literary masterpieces that precede it.
Find out more about Roger Deakin on the University of East Anglia archive website.