Thomas Pakenham, a distinguished historian of Africa, takes a new tack by writing an old-fashioned kind of book: a catalog of trees of the British Isles. The last such book was published in 1826. In Meetings with Remarkable Trees Pakenham assembles a beautifully photographed gallery of 60-odd trees of Scotland, England, and Ireland, and magnificent trees they are. One is a 600-year-old king oak that looms large over Charleville, Ireland; another is the yew tree that Wordsworth called the "pride of Lorton's vale"; still another is a sequoia brought from the United States and planted in a Herefordshire grove in 1851, where it has since flourished. Pakenham helpfully includes a map showing the locations of his scattered dramatis personae; you could make a fine tour retracing his steps and having a look for yourself. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Wonderful, beautiful, interesting book. Got it as a birthday present and I'm so glad I did. The recipient loved it.Published 1 month ago by Scotty Magic
Love this book!!!! It is as remarkable as the trees. I gifted it to my daughter as she is a verifiable tree hugger. I couldn't have gotten her a more appropriate gift. Read morePublished 3 months ago by UKI
Great pictures, but the stories are not very well-written. I have a very hard time getting through them, and it is disappointing to me because I bought the book for the pictures... Read morePublished 5 months ago by celestialbev
I've given this book as a gift to several people, and they all loved it. It lives up to it's title - remarkably beautiful pictures of some amazing trees in a nice over-sized book.Published 19 months ago by midwestgirl
I was hopeing for more amazing pictures. Too much writing and too much focus on sacred symbols and history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by K S Kubish
I wish that the trees weren't just in UK, I thought they were worldwide when I ordered the book. the stories are interesting.Published on July 23, 2013 by Maya Cointreau