Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales (Paperback)
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Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 06/06/2013
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Blurring the boundaries between nature writing and imaginative fiction, Maitland’s sublime tribute to the interconnected power of forests and fairy tales is a lyrical, evocative treat not to be missed. 

Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us - we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying. In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the background and the source of the fairytales made famous by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam, whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginitive re-telling of a fairytale. Written with Maitland's wonderful clarity and conversational grace, Gossip from the Forest is a magical and unique blend of nature writing, history and imaginative fiction.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847084309
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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“Enchanting”

What a enchanting book. I stayed up late into the night reading this. Its beautiful.

Hardback edition
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“Forests and fairytales”

In this book Maitland is looking at the role that woods and forests have played in our national identity, primarily through stories, by also as a source of employment, fuel and food.

the book is split into 12... More

Paperback edition
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“Welcome back to the forests we loved as kids.”

Really loved this. I always found forests great places to visit, very magical and the close relationship with fairy tales goes some way to explaining why. Considering how essential trees are for humanity it's a... More

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