Notes from Walnut Tree Farm
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Notes from Walnut Tree Farm

By (author) Roger Deakin , Edited by Terence Blacker , Edited by Alison Hastie

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"Notes from Walnut Tree Farm" is a collection of writing by Roger Deakin. For the last six years of his life, Roger Deakin kept notebooks in which he wrote his daily thoughts, impressions, feelings and observations about and around his home, Walnut Tree Farm. Collected here are the very best of these writings, capturing his extraordinary, restless curiosity about nature as well as his impressions of our changing world. "Marvellous, wonderful, lovely, remarkable ...to be read and reread and treasured". (Elizabeth Jane Howard, "Daily Mail"). "Very funny, sharp-eyed. To look at the world through Deakin's eyes was to see somewhere that was more wonderful than it often appears". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "Thoughtful and invigorating, full of humour, timeless ...will take its place among the classics of Nature diaries ...to be read alongside Frances Kilvert, Gilbert White, and Dorothy Wordsworth". ("Mail on Sunday"). "Gentle, straight, honest, inquisitive, funny, melancholic". ("Spectator"). "So busy and bustling with life". ("Observer"). "A secular saint". ("The Times"). Roger Deakin, who died in August 2006, shortly after completing the manuscript for "Wildwood", was a writer, broadcaster and film-maker with a particular interest in nature and the environment. He lived for many years in Suffolk, where he swam regularly in his moat, in the river Waveney and in the sea, in between travelling widely through the landscapes he writes about in "Wildwood". He is the author of "Waterlog", "Wildwood" and "Notes from Walnut Tree Farm".

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • 01 Dec 2009
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0141039027
  • 9780141039022
  • 24,479

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A filmmaker and writer with a particular interest in nature and the environment, Roger Deakin was the author of the highly acclaimed Waterlog and Wildwood. He lived in Suffolk, and died there in August 2006, aged 63.

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'Superb. Totally fresh and vivid' - Chris Yates 'Deakin's account sings, as unruly and robust as the world he bore witness to ... Deakin's greatest gift is to make the ecologically minded life a matter of gleeful fun' Observer 'If anything this book is superior to Deakin's previous book Wildwood, which is saying something, since that was marvellous. The diary form works beautifully ... In just a few words, Deakin can delight and inspire in equal measure' - Tom Hodgkinson

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Breathtaking.

I knew nothing of Roger Deakin before I read this book. I'd seen it briefly recommended on "First Tuesday Book Club" and bought it on the offchance it would be a good read. It was brilliant. Such beautiful words, diary entries throughout different times in his life at Walnut Tree Farm. My only regret is that I didn't discover him sooner, as he passed away in 2006, and I would have loved to have written him a letter to tell him just how marvellous he is. Bless you Roger Deakin. I adore you.show more
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