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Wildwood

A Journey Through Trees

by Roger Deakin

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Wildwood by Roger Deakin
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2009
    416 pages
    Genre: Other

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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 Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees.

Deakin lives in forest shacks, goes "coppicing" in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple.

As the world's forests are whittled away, Deakin's sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world's marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience.

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Starred Review. "Deakin's lyrical, sometimes anthropomorphic portraits of trees and wood are saturated with his scientific knowledge and passion." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. [A]n elegant meditation on trees and why they matter...this will hopefully bring Deakin to the attention of American readers." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Intellectuals will revel in the numerous possibilities for further literary exploration, while naturalists will be dazzled by Deakin’s studious examination of the great outdoors." - Booklist.

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Roger Deakin

Roger Deakin, who died in 2006, was a writer, filmmaker and environmentalist of international renown. He was a founder member of Friends of the Earth, and co-founded Common Ground. He lived for thirty-eight years in a moated farmhouse in Suffolk. Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain, which was first published in 1999, became a word-of-mouth bestseller, and is now an established classic of the nature writing canon.

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