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4.0 out of 5 stars If you go down to the woods tonight, 15 Aug. 2010
This review is from: The Tree House Diaries: How to live wild in the woods (Hardcover)
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There's a lot of brown in this book. In fact I don't think I remember the last time I read a book that shunned black text for another colour so completely. But brown as a colour is perhaps quite appropriate, given the browns and greens of the wood he chose to adopt as his temporary home. If you ever wanted to build your own adult sized tree house, this book is definitely for you, as it goes into a sometimes quite exhausting level of detail. More interesting for those of us who only want to read about such things though are his diary entries.

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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