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    DescriptionFairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient and primal 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 fairytales. 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 fairystory. Written with Sara's wonderful clarity and conversational grace, Gossip from the Forest is a magical and unique blend of nature writing, history and imaginative fiction.


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    Title
    Gossip from the Forest
    Subtitle
    The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sara Maitland
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 550 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781847084293
    ISBN 10: 184708429X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: CUS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC subject category V2: WNP, JFHF
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC23: 398.2
    Publisher
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Imprint name
    GRANTA BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    SARA MAITLAND is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughters of Jerusalem, and several non-fiction books about religion. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and currently tutors on the MA in creative writing for Lancaster University. She lives in Galloway.