- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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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)
`A book that I have returned and referred to again and again since I first read it in the Summer'.
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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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