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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141010010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141010014
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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Full of delight and joy and wisdom (Sunday Telegraph)

With this book Roger Deakin can be counted one of the greatest of all nature writers. His beautiful book should serve to make us appreciate more keenly all that we have here on earth (Mail on Sunday)

A breathtaking book (Sunday Times)

A masterpiece which deserves to be read and reread (Guardian)

One of my favourite kind of books. Few books make you change your habits; this one changed mine (Will Self New Statesman)

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`A book that I have returned and referred to again and again since I first read it in the Summer'.

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A thoroughly enjoyable read for any fan of quality writing about the natural world, and in this case, focusing on the joys of wood and woods, but it is also more than that. Well deserving of it's long standing praise, and anyone who has read and enjoyed a Robert McFarlane book will enjoy this too, as Roger was one of his main influences.
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Although I purchased this book a while back, and started to read it immediately, I haven't finished all of it yet....not because I'm not enjoying it, but because I'm enjoying it immensely. It's a book that asks for, in my opinion,the complete attention and focus of the reader (to do it justice and to absorb what's being communicated). It's written beautifully, poetically, and is transporting me to places, both physical and mental, known and unknown.So, I'm 'dipping' into it when I have the chance to read a chapter and immerse myself in it. That's all I can say, really. I'd recommend it ,for sure, to nature lovers, and those want to understand a little more about the world around us, ourselves, and life in general!!! Hadn't read any of Roger Deakin's other works, hadn't even much knowledge about who he was, although his name was familiar to me....now I've made this discovery, looking forward to finding out more...
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Bought this for my husband and he cant wait to read it, when he has finished his current book, it sounds brilliant and just his cup of tea.
Arrived promptly and well packaged.
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Absolutely beautiful book, I'm going to treasure this. Arrived quickly and in great condition.
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Not worth reading, silly nonsense about a mans life with a sop to trees. The best part of the book is the binding.
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I bought this for my son and he loves it
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This is one of those delightful books that you stumble on from time to time that is almost impossible to categorise.

Roger Deakin was a campaigner, writer and environmentalist; he was one of the founding members of Friends of the Earth. He was a true English eccentric. He lived in a house, in Suffolk with a moat - in which he swam regularly. A few years ago he wrote a book that centred on his desire to visit - and to swim in - most of the important bits of water in the UK (and many less important ones as well).

In this book Deakin turns his attention to wood - all things to do wtih wood, wood clearly being one of the passions of his life.

So, Deakin explores woods. He camps out in woods to be at one with the environment and the wildlife. He camps in woods in England and explores woods around the world. But he also turns his mind to other things to do with wood.

There are fantastic articles on driftwood for example, There are pieces on artists who work in wood. There are contemplations on the economic value of wood and how it may yet have a major role to play in creating a sustainable world economy.

Deakin's writing style is fluid, easy to follow and very entertaining. He is both eccentric and funny; a genuinely warm man.

Sadly, Deakin died just after this book was completed. I wonder to what extent this was conceived and put together as a very unique work of love. Still, Wildwood stands as a fine legacy to a superb writer.

I wish I could describe this book more fully but I simply wouldn't be able to do it justice. But if this sounds remotely interesting go and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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A lovely book. I came upon Wildwood as a novice, never having read anything by Deakin before - but he is good; he is very good. The book comes in four main blocks: Roots, about his home and youth; Sapwood, on British wood, woods and artists; Driftwood, on his travels in Europe, Australia and central Asia; and Heartwood, back to his home area of Suffolk. Each block comes in short chapters, full of information, insight, and excellent writing. He likes sleeping outside or in an old railway wagon, and links this to writings by Jefferies or Thoreau, recites the beams in his house, or starts talking about an ancient propeller hub in his study and diversifies that into walnut and all its applications, down to Jaguar gear knobs. I could have done without the Australian bits - they just don't resonate for me (hence four stars). But the Kazak and Kyrgyz chapters are wonderful, and more than make up for it. He is never dull - the writing is full of links to the familiar, observations on new insights, fascinating snippets. This is an inspiring book, by an inspired writer.
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