A Wood of One's Own (Hardback)
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A Wood of One's Own (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 21/09/2017
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Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 2018

'A delightful account... with intriguing digressions into local history and culture. [Pavey] writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life in all its detail of plants, trees and wildlife' - Penelope Lively

After years of living in London's urban jungle, Ruth Pavey dreamt of reconnecting with the British countryside.

In pursuit of a haven from the unrest of city life, she embarked on a journey to find the perfect plot of land on which to plant a wood. But creating this would-be sanctuary proved more daunting than she expected. In this inspiring memoir, Pavey shares her story of finding peace by sowing her legacy in the form of a wood, one tree at a time.

Chronicling her struggle to clear away the brambles to make a place for herself in the world, Pavey's story is both enchanting and candid, and at times self-deprecating as she recognises her shortcomings as a landowner. By probing her own motivations and her enjoyment of the solitude and beauty of the place, she shares her insights into our relationship with nature - and our destruction of it.

Her intelligent understanding and cautioning against our romanticising of rural living forces us to consider the reality of country life in Britain today. With charming descriptions of the Somerset countryside and abundant with tales of its history and inhabitants (both past and present), Pavey's story is at once lyrical and beguiling.

Publisher: Prelude
ISBN: 9780715652237
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 403 g
Dimensions: 216 x 143 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Captivating... If this book was not as much a pleasure to write as it is to read, I'll eat my hat and gardening glove... Pavey s unassuming memoir celebrates the imperfections of rural life and the virtues of spontaneity... the non-bravura style makes this book attractively illustrated with Pavey s black-and-white sketches a winner' - Kate Kellaway, Observer 

'A delightful account... with intriguing digressions into local history and culture. [Pavey] writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life in all its detail of plants, trees and wildlife' - Penelope Lively

'A lovely story - a super book' - Steve Yabsley, BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset 

'Draws together childhood memories, local history... and literary penumbra' - Sunday Telegraph 

'A lyrical story of desire and determination, soft and gentle, warm and wise in a wicked world' - Camden New Journal 

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