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    DescriptionFrom ash die-back to the Great Storm of 1987 to Dutch elm disease, our much-loved woodlands seem to be under constant threat from a procession of natural challenges. Just when we need trees most, to help combat global warming and to provide places of retreat for us and our wildlife, they seem at greatest peril. But these dangers force us to reconsider the narrative we construct about trees and the roles we press on them. In this now classic book, Richard Mabey looks at how for more than a thousand years we have appropriated and humanised trees, turning them into arboreal pets, status symbols, expressions of fashionable beauty - anything rather than allow them lives of their own. And in the poetic and provocative style he has made his signature, Mabey argues that respecting trees' independence and ancient powers of survival may be the wisest response to their current crises. Originally published with title Beechcombings, this updated edition includes a new foreword and afterword by the author.


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    Title
    The Ash and the Beech
    Subtitle
    The Drama of Woodland Change
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Mabey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 220 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099587231
    ISBN 10: 0099587238
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    BISAC V2.8: NAT000000
    DC23: 582.16
    BISAC V2.8: SCI100000
    Illustrations note
    16
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    06 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Mabey is the father figure of modern nature writing in the UK. Since 1972 he has written some 40 influential books, including the prize-winning Nature Cure, Gilbert White: a Biography, and Flora Britannica. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society. He spent the first half of his life amongst the Chiltern beechwoods, and now lives in Norfolk in a house surrounded by ash trees.
    Review quote
    `Wonderfully subversive, far-reaching and unsentimental` Observer `Richard Mabey is a man for all seasons, most regions and every kind of landscape` -- Andrew Motion Financial Times `An elegant and heartfelt essay on mankind's changing relationship with trees` Sunday Telegraph `A leaf-storm of philosophical musings, journeys of mind and body, reflections and anecdotes that imprint the tree on human culture` Sunday Times `A terrific combination of both natural and intellectual history, informed by penetrating insight` Independent