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Beechcombings: The narratives of trees

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In 1987, the greatest English storm for three centuries laid flat fifteen million trees across southern England and devastated a nation of tree-lovers. The storm marked a turning point in our perception of trees and a dawning realisation that they have lives of their own, beyond the roles and images we press on them.





In Beechcombings Richard Mabey traces the long history of
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ebook, 304 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Vintage Digital (first published October 4th 2007)
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Richard Thomas
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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As with pretty well everything he writes, this is a book which can be read for the pleasure it gives as well as to learn about trees.
Mark
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Just a fascinating exploration of these wonderful trees and how we, as humanity, regularly struggle with how to relate to 'Nature'. Extended reflection on what it means to 'leave to nature' and how our involvement over the centuries has been the very catalyst for change and development that we now look upon as what 'nature' intended. Clever argument that challlenges our tendencies to root about or charge in hamfistedly, or sit back and do nothing. By the end of the book I was unsure ...more
David Alesworth
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book, the Beech tree today and throughout recorded British history. There is much social history here, changing lifestyles and land use, changing technologies and requirements of the forest. As someone who's lived away from the UK for more than twenty years it felt deeply nostalgic and an overlapping of childhood experiences with woodland and even particular trees.
Fox
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't recommend this book highly enough. A social history of trees in Britain, through focussing on one species, the Beech,and a commentary on Mabey's own experiences with Beeches, makes a very readable and enjoyable volume.
Ruth
Why is everyone writing books about TREES??? Roger Deakin did one, there is The Private Life of Trees which I have left on Garienos' floor to read sometime and there is this ... I LIKE Richard Mabey but I couldn't bear to read another book on TREES.
Claire
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A series of poetic, musing essays about beechwoods, mixed through with autobiographical bits and pieces. I read 2 (long) chapters then moved onto something more fun.
Paulfozz
A fascinating meander through the beechwoods of England and the history of our attitudes towards woodland trees. Wide-ranging in scope and quite thought-provoking.
Colleen
Suddenly an expert on beeches. Great for me! I think I'm all set on naturalist writing for a while. I can only take a bit every few months.
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Richard Mabey is one of England's greatest nature writers. He is author of some thirty books including Nature Cure which was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Ondaatje and Ackerley Awards.
A regular commentator on the radio and in the national press, he is also a Director of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society. He lives in Norfolk.
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