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  • Published: 24 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141900254
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Notes from Walnut Tree Farm




For the last six years of his life, Roger Deakin kept notebooks in which he wrote his daily thoughts, impressions, feelings and observations. Discursive, personal and often impassioned, they reveal the way he saw the world, whether it be observing the teeming ecosystem that was Walnut Tree Farm, thinking about the wider environment, walking in his fields, on Mellis Common or on his travels at home, or contemplating his past and his present life.

Notes from Walnut Tree Farm collects the very best of these writings, capturing Roger's extraordinary, restless curiosity about the natural and human worlds, his love of literature and music, his knack for making unusual and apposite connections, and of course his distinct and subversive charm and humour. Together they cohere to present a passionate, engaged and - in spite of the worst pressures of contemporary life - optimistic view of our changing world.

  • Published: 24 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780141900254
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Roger Deakin

Roger Deakin, who died in 2006, was a writer, filmmaker and environmentalist of international renown. He was a founder member of Friends of the Earth, and co-founded Common Ground. He lived for thirty-eight years in a moated farmhouse in Suffolk. Waterlog, which was first published in 1999, became a word-of-mouth bestseller, and is now an established classic of the nature writing canon.

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

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Praise for Notes from Walnut Tree Farm

Praise for Wildwood: 'Naturalist writing at its finest. Fascinating, eloquent and elegiac' Scotsman 'A masterpiece which deserves to be read and reread' Guardian 'One of my favourite kind of books. Few books make you change your habits; this one changed mine' Will Self New Statesman

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