The Wisdom of Trees: A Miscellany Hardcover – 23 Oct 2014
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'Adam's enthusiasm is beguiling, his knowledge as bountiful as a beech-mast, and his appreciation of the utility of trees is a pointer to a better world' The Times.
'This fascinating, quirky exposition of all things woody that tells us much about the astounding natural engineering of trees' Independent.
'This book is a celebration of the plant from which it is made' i.
'An elegant book packed with information ... Adams is a true woodsman so speaks with authority' Country Life.
'An eclectic and beautifully written sequence of reflection, investigations, stories and tree profiles ... A wonderful gift for anyone who cares about the natural world and our interaction with it' Wiltshire Life.
'Lyrical prose apart, read this superbly informative book, and you will want to be out planting acorns, apply pips and conkers' Resurgence & Ecologist.
'The core of Adam's book is about the remarkable ways in which, over a period of 200 million years, evolution has enabled the trees to survive and flourish. Max Adam's deeply felt book can be seen and welcomed as further homage to Evelyn's great pioneering passion for trees' The Times.
'A deeply reflective and charmingly eclectic book, replete with botanical and historical information about trees and our constantly evolving relationship with them' The Good Book Guide.
About the Author
Max Adams is the author of ADMIRAL COLLINGWOOD, THE PROMETHEANS and THE KING IN THE NORTH. A teacher of woodland and tree histories, he manages an area of woodland in County Durham.
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on 7 January 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that you just have to own as a hardback, it's not going to work as a paperback or on Kindle. The book isn't too large or heavy but the paper it is printed on is sumptious and it has that particular smell of "book", I can describe it no other way. And don't be put off by the title if you are thinking it is some sort of new age peaen to things arborial. Sure there are some myths, old stories, and some dreamy bits, but the majority describes the authors visits to woods and forests and those who use the trees and their produce and what good use they put the wood to. There are also a goodly number of pencil illustrations reproduced from John Evelyn's 1776 works which adds to the classic feel of this book. Heartily recommendd to all nature lovers.
on 7 January 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Absolutely beautiful book. Illustrations fantastic & while I didn't read the entire book as it was a gift what I did read in the limited time frame was informative & just so beautiful for a nature lover. The recipient of the gift was delighted. So happy nature lovers all around. Great service from Amazon - gift arrived well in time for Christmas.
on 19 January 2016
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Bought for my father who loves nice books and long dog walks. I love this book, and am now jealous of it. It is split by tree - oak, ash etc, and then tells you all about those trees fact, myth, and legend. The pictures are lovely and the book is very good quality. Perfect present!
on 30 May 2016
For a complete tree nut like me, this is an absolute joy. It took me ages to read, in small doses, because its just so packed with interesting tidbits of information, not just about the trees we see growing all around us, their life cycles and different species we meet in the UK and abroad, but the use of wood for making a breath taking variety of objects, from homes and musical instruments to charcoal to ships and weapons of warfare. I was amazed to read of his encounter with Stefan Sobell as I too have met Stefan and heard him play some of the incomparable instruments he has crafted in his Northumberland workshop. The book deserves a second read, and it will have it.
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Condition was rated very good, but was VERY disappointed to find Jacket cover and page edges heavily stained with what appears to be Tea or Coffee, Id planned to give this as a...Read more
great coffee table book. interesting facts and beautiful pictures. good to dip into
Brilliant, learned and inspiring book, I cannot recommend it highly enough, thanks
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