This engaging book is about beech trees, but it is also about numerous other issues, including global warming and the importance of trees in the landscape. Trees are the largest and most significant organisms on our planet. Beech trees reached Britain about 8,000 years ago, and they were workhorses, not ornaments: fuel for Rome's glassworks; firewood for London; oars for the ships of Venice; raw material for furniture, cut and turned by "bodgers" who lived like nomads among the trees in huts made of beechwood shavings. Author Richard Mabey discusses beech trees through autobiography, history, and natural history in Europe as well as Britain. His beeches are full of character—"hectic, gale-sculpted, gnomic"—and he writes about the bluebells, orchids, fungi, deer, and badgers associated with them, as well as the narratives that have been told about trees and the images we make of them. Many other kinds of tree are featured, and the portraits and celebrations of the beech always point to a larger story. This is a personal investigation of the ambivalent, enigmatic relationship that humans have with trees.
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Richard Mabey is the author of Food for Free, Flora Britannica, Gilbert White, and Nature Cure, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography, J.R. Ackerley, and the Ondaatje awards.
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Book Description Chatto and Windus, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0005371903
Book Description Random House UK. Book Condition: Good. . Very Good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # B14D-00987
Book Description Chatto & Windus, London, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 22 x 16cm. 289pp. Dedication copy signed by the author on the title page. A fine copy in like dust-jacket which has just a touch of edge wear at the top. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 001900
Book Description Chatto & Windus, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. First edition copy, with full number line, signed to title page by Mabey. A clean, tight copy, in very good condition throughout. Dispatch within 24hrs from the UK. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 031591