This is a very “me” kind of book
Title: Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees
Author: Roger Deakin
Narrator: Roy McMillan
Genre: Non-Fiction / Nature / Travel / Memoir
First published: 2007
Edition: Paperback, published by Penguin in 2008
From the walnut tree at his Suffolk home, Roger Deakin embarks upon a quest that takes him through Britain, across Europe, to Central Asia and Australia, in search of what lies behind man’s profound and enduring connection with wood and with trees. Meeting woodlanders of all kinds, he lives in shacks and cabins, builds hazel benders, and hunts bush-plums with aboriginal women.At once autobiography, history, a traveller’s tale and a work of natural history, Wildwood is a lyrical and fiercely intimate evocation of the spirit of trees: in nature, in our souls, in our culture, and in our lives.
I love books like this: non-fiction that combine nature, travel and memories. This definitely reads a travel memoir, but with an emphasis on trees, which is the reason Deakin travelled to these places in the first place.
I thoroughly enjoyed following the author on his journeys. Narrator Roy McMillan does a great job bringing the sights and sounds to life as well. I loved learning about various species of trees and what meaning they held or still hold for the people who live with them. The tone of the narrative was perfect for me and I loved how it sometimes meandered.
My favourite part of this book were the chapters about Australia. I spent a year in Australia in my early twenties and I absolutely fell in love with the landscapes there. Every time I read about Australia, it brings back a sense of nostalgia and beautiful memories. It made me realise I should seek out some more non-fiction books that deal with the history and nature of Australia.
I also enjoyed the chapters on walnut trees in Kyrgyzstan and reading about the people the author met along the way. I am starting to expect there will be more travel memoirs in my future!
I found this book so relaxing and enjoyable. I have already ordered another book by this author. He has written a few, but unfortunately he passed away in 2006. This sat on my shelves for four years and I wish I had read it sooner!
If you enjoy nature and a meandering memoir type stories, you will love this.
7 out of 7 stars