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  • Published: 1 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473558625
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

The Glorious Life of the Oak




Our greatest nature writer explores the myths, legends, history and hidden world of our most iconic tree.

AS FEATURED ON 'BBC RADIO 4 'GOOD READS'.Woodlands Awards 2019: Woodland Books of the Year'The oak is the wooden tie between heaven and earth. It is the lynch pin of the British landscape.'

The oak is our most beloved and most common tree. It has roots that stretch back to all the old European cultures but Britain has more ancient oaks than all the other European countries put together. More than half the ancient oaks in the world are in Britain.

Many of our ancestors - the Angles, the Saxons, the Norse - came to the British Isles in longships made of oak. For centuries the oak touched every part of a Briton's life - from cradle to coffin It was oak that made the 'wooden walls' of Nelson's navy, and the navy that allowed Britain to rule the world. Even in the digital Apple age, the real oak has resonance - the word speaks of fortitude, antiquity, pastoralism.The Glorious Life of the Oak explores our long relationship with this iconic tree; it considers the life-cycle of the oak, the flora and fauna that depend on the oak, the oak as medicine, food and drink, where Britain's mightiest oaks can be found, and it tells of oak stories from folklore, myth and legend.

  • Published: 1 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473558625
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 96

About the author

John Lewis-Stempel

John Lewis-Stempel is a writer and farmer. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers TheRunning Hare and The Wood. He is the only person to have won the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing twice, with Meadowland and Where Poppies Blow. In 2016 he was Magazine Columnist of the Year for his column in Country Life. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.

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Praise for The Glorious Life of the Oak

A beautiful object and a very British story written with real lyricism - some of the finest sentences I've read.

Neil Oliver, BBC Radio 4: A Good Read

Lewis-Stempel is one of the best of the new generation of nature writers, an oak himself in that particular corner of the literary forest. As a working farmer, from a long line of Herefordshire farmers, he has daily exposure to his source material. In books such as Meadowland, The Running Hare and, most recently, The Wood, he has distilled his knowledge and his enthusiasm into a style that is as rich and earthy as its subject.

Philip Marsden, Spectator

Our greatest nature writer

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A lively little book

Helen Brown, Daily Mail

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