The Green Road into the Trees

by Hugh Thomson

The Real World Travel

The Green Road into the Trees Synopsis

Winner of the THWAITES WAINWRIGHT PRIZE 2014 - The new literary prize for Nature & Travel Writing about Britain.

From the very centre of England - literally, as his village is furthest from the sea - he travels to its outermost edges. The Green Road into the Trees is a journey made rich by the characters he meets along the way. And the ways he takes are the old ways, the drover-paths and tracks, the paths and ditches half covered by bramble and tunnelled by alder, beech and oak: the trails that can still be traced by those who know where to look. Just as in his acclaimed book about Peru, The White Rock , Hugh shows how older, half-forgotten cultures lie much closer to the surface than we may think. In recent years, archaeologists have uncovered remarkable findings about the Celts, Saxons and Vikings that have often yet to reach the wider public. Travelling along the Icknield Way, Hugh passes the great prehistoric monuments of Maiden Castle, Stonehenge and Avebury, before ending at the Wash near Seahenge. By taking a 400 mile journey from coast to coast, through both the sacred and profane landscapes of ancient England, Hugh casts unexpected light - and humour - on the way we live now.

The Green Road into the Trees Press Reviews

He is an illuminating companion.frequently comic, his voice is original and engaging; proof that it is the walker, not the path, that counts - . Independent


An immensely enjoyable book: curious, articulate, intellectually playful and savagely candid.  - The Spectator

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ISBN: 9780099558392
Publication date: 21/03/2013
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099558392
Publication date: 21st March 2013
Author: Hugh Thomson
Publisher: Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: The Real World, Travel,
Categories: Travel writing,

About Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson is the author of five previous travel books, the most recent of which, Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico, was serialised by BBC Radio 4. He has led many research expeditions to Peru and is a leading explorer of Inca settlements. He has also taken filming expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Mexican Sierra Madre. 'Everywhere Thomson goes, he finds good tales to tell...' New York Times Book Review.

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