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Beechcombings The Narratives of Trees by Richard Mabey
  

Beechcombings The Narratives of Trees

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Beechcombings The Narratives of Trees by Richard Mabey

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. Mabey covers Europe as well as Britain, and autobiography as well as history and natural history. His beeches are characterful - 'hectic, gale-sculpted, gnomic' - and he writes about the bluebells, orchids, fungi, deer and badgers associated with them, as well as the narratives we tell 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 the larger story. More than all this, Beechcombings is a personal investigation of the ambivalent, engimatic relationship that humans have with trees.

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About the Author

Richard Mabey

Richard Mabey is the author of the bestselling, award-winning and ground-breaking FLORA BRITANNICA (which sold nearly 90,000 at -35), as well as many highly praised books about nature and the environment, including FOOD FOR FREE and THE UNOFFICIAL COUNTRYSIDE. His book about Gilbert White won the Whitbread Biography of the Year.

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Publication date

4th October 2007

Author

Richard Mabey

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Author's Website

richardmabey.co.uk/

Publisher

Chatto & Windus an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Natural history

ISBN

9781856197335

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