Books read in 2016 – no.9 Wildwood by Roger Deakin

Wildwood: A Journey through Trees
by Roger Deakin, 2007

This is a lovely book but very slightly overlong I felt. After the international, adventurous search for the Mother of All Apple Trees (!!!), the final few chapters felt like a bit of a slog for me.

I also found myself getting upset on occasion. This is a very English book, which is fine. There’s a lot of talk about traditions, ancestral homelands and native woodlands. However, that’s what upset me. In Scotland we don’t have those things. The effects of wars, Highland Clearance, massive ‘sporting’ estates and industrial logging robbed us of them. This realisation, as I read the book, made me both angry and sad.

My own political feelings aside though, this is a beautiful, lyrical book. Roger Deakin led a wonderful and enviable life, in my opinion. It was a pleasure to read about a little of it.



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