- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Collins & Brown; 1st edition (24 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843405644
- ISBN-13: 978-1843405641
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tree House Diaries: How to live wild in the woods Hardcover – 24 May 2010
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About the Author
Self-styled survival expert Nick appeared in Channel4's Shipwrecked - a loosely survival-based programme based in the Cook Islands. Come November he will be banished to a remote cottage (with electricity) to complete the writing up of his treehouse diaries before embarking on his next project - Visit Nick's blog on huntergathercook.typepad.com
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Though food is a big part of Mr Weston's life, I can't say I exactly enjoyed some of the culinary adventures he got up to. Though elderflower champagne and nettle beer sound like something I might happily try if someone I trusted to make it right offered it to me, the thought of badger burgers made from tick infested roadkill turned my stomach.
But full praise to Mr Weston for realising that this sort of thing does not require the complete removal of all his home comforts. There's no holier than thou attitude in his writing, and that makes him a lot more approachable than most writers of this type. He's a man surrounded by friends enjoying an adventure more typically reserved for a hermit, and for that you have to admire him. I can't see that this book would hold everyone's interest, but it's a good read if this is the type of pursuit you daydream about when taking the crowded commute into work.
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If you're buying this for advice on, well anything, there are much better books out there. If you want an account of someone's summer holiday lazing in the woods pretending to be an expert on the wild living then it is worth a read, just don't expect a lot more.
The 'how to' guides range from basic to laughable. Nick is clearly not the craftsman he thinks he is but can build you anything with enough self tapping screws. The research is questionable (pheasants were apparently introduced by the Romans several hundred years after the empire collapsed. Interesting...) and the diary format barely covers the poor writing style.
Most books recounting personal challenges of this nature are set around some strict, self imposed rules and I found it odd that this one didn't seem to have many and the book suffers for it. If Nick had decided to live solely off the land (and not take pretty much all his supplies with him) then maybe you could excuse a bit of poaching and a bit of law bending to get food. I have less sympathy though when he sits on his balcony drinking G&T with his mum one minute then shoots a pheasant out of season `for survival' the next. It must have been a hard life though as he manages several holidays away during the book.Read more ›
It's a charming package, attractively presented with lots of handy tips. Nick is a thoroughly likeable guy, who's writing style is engagingly direct & self-aware, the advice practical. However, some readers may be disappointed that he didn't quite take his project all the way, buying in staples such as cooking oil & flour, as well as commuting back to London when required. This isn't a modern-day Walden (thankfully - Nick is nowhere near as grumpy & intense!) but then it doesn't claim to be. Nick explains in the introduction that "this was not supposed to be an exercise in all-out survival, nor was it a trial period as a hermit. Life would go on as normal, except for my diet & living arrangements... I didn't want to struggle through some ridiculous challenge I had set myself, feel miserable most of the time & have to keep telling myself that in hindsight I would truly appreciate my time in the woods. That would be a waste of time. I had spent the last 6 months doing that in London".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If I could give this book 3.5 stars I would, but 3 feels a little harsh so I've rounded it up.
I was eager to get hold of a copy of this - although I'm self employed,... Read more
This book reminded me of a modern day "Walden", and the author of a modern day Henry David Thoreau. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Egan
Fantastic read, keeps you interested with a lively fun narativePublished 18 months ago by Cyril Flannigan
bought for one of my sons who would like everyone to get back to basics and have more empathy with our environmentPublished on 20 Jan. 2014 by MRS NICOLA TOLSON
Great book. Interesting for anyone interested in building a tree house or foraging. There are step by step photo boards to show how to build various projects and recipes, like... Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2012 by El
Bought as a present for my husbands birthday - he loved it and read it through before using as a great book to drop in and out of! Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2011 by angie.d
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