Wildwood: A Journey through Trees
Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" � as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls � the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Austral...more
As a wood lover, I’m familiar with the ash’s white clear grain, but would be hard-pressed to identify the tree in the wild or along a city street. This is ironic given the numbers: there are apparently 6,500 ash trees in Kitchener and more than 12,000 in Waterloo.
Which brings me to Wildwood — A Journey Through Trees (Penguin, 390 pages, $20) by the late Roger Deakin, a British nature writer and film...more
I now know more than I need to about walnuts and the history of apples. Very informative. Deakin's love for the outdoors and his passionate beliefs are not shouted but felt in every page. I got the impression Deakin lived his beliefs - he wasn't a hippy navel gazer but someone who lived the change he wanted to see.
Well worth reading.
Once in a while (generally our lifetime), we come across a book that would literally change the world that we inhabit. It makes us question the very assumptions upon which we've based our life.
Wildwood, to me, is one such!
Never have I come across such a book on nature writing. In essence, it is about Wood, rather the imagination called Wood, in our lives. Here is a person who had lived where wood lived, not where the d...more
Educated at Haberdashers' Aske's and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read English, he first worked in advertising as a copywriter and creative director.
In 1968 he bought an Elizabethan moated farmhouse on the edge of Mellis Common, near Diss where he lived until his death from a brain tumour, first diagnosed only fou...more