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Gossip from the forest

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Gossip from the forest; the tangled roots of our forests and fairytales by Sara Maitland. Published by Granta 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. In very good condition

Fairytales 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, imaginative re-telling of a fairy story. 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.

Item details

Author(s):
Maitland Sara
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x15x2cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
184708429X
ISBN-13:
9781847084293
Number of pages:
354
Publisher:
Granta
Title:
Gossip from the forest

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Gossip from the forest; the tangled roots of our forests and fairytales by Sara Maitland. Published by Granta 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. In very good condition

Fairytales 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, imaginative re-telling of a fairy story. 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.

Author(s):
Maitland Sara
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24x15x2cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
184708429X
ISBN-13:
9781847084293
Number of pages:
354
Publisher:
Granta
Title:
Gossip from the forest

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