cloth, 184 p., $65
For anyone who loves trees, this book will be a delight. A collection of delicate etchings complements a well-chosen selection of poetry and prose by mostly famous authors. These are joined together by a text that lovingly celebrates the trees of Britain. With words that stir the imagination, the author not only adds to our knowledge of horticulture, but of history and mythology as well, providing all sorts of fascinating bits of esoteric lore along the way.
Piers Browne is simply a wonderful storyteller. Did you know that Buckinghamshire, famous for beech trees, gots its name from the beech, once called buck? And that hazel rods were used at court for divining murderers and thieves? This book is chock full of such tales, beautifully presented by a true artist. A handsome volume, and a joy to read!
— Jim Kemper