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The Oak Papers [9781838851507]

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'A profound meditation on the human need for connection with nature' Peter Wohlleben

This is a book about one man's encounter with an ancient tree, the Honywood Oak.

James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying the Honywood Oak. A colossus of a tree, it would have been a sapling when the Magna Carta was signed.

Inevitably he needs to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to its slower time frame, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around it, inside it and beneath it.

He examines our long-standing dependency on the oak, and how that has developed and morphed into myth and legend. We no longer build our houses and boats from them, use them to fuel our fires or grind their acorns into flour in times of famine; physically we don't need them in the same way now.

Or do we?

The Oak Papers is a stunning, meditative and healing book about the lessons we can learn from the natural world, if only we slow down enough to listen.


AUTHOR: Dr James Canton runs the Wild Writing MA at the University of Essex and has done since its inception in 2009. He is the author of Ancient Wonderings (2017) and Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013) which was inspired by his rural wandering in East Anglia. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Essex and reviews for the TLS, Caught by the River and Earthlines. Canton is a regular on television and radio and lectures frequently. @jamescanton

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9781838851507
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Author:
James Canton
Publisher:
Canongate Books Ltd
Publication:
30-Jul-2020
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
256
Stock Status:
In stock
Weight:
364 Grams
  • 5
    The Oak Papers

    Posted by Jan on 2nd Nov 2020

    A nice easy and enjoyable read. An escape with nature that’s both calming and reassuring. Knowledgeable thoughts on one of our oldest Oak Trees.

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