Author(s): Canton, James,
Date of Publication: 30/07/2020,
Pagination: 256 pages,
Imprint: Canongate Books Ltd,
Published By: Canongate Books Ltd,
Book Classification: Memoirs, Trees wildflowers & plants
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying the Honywood Oak. A colossus of a tree, it would have been a sapling when Magna Carta was signed. Inevitably he needs to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to its slower time frame, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around it, inside it and beneath it.
He examines our long-standing dependency on oak trees, and how that has developed and morphed into myth and legend. We no longer build our houses and boats from them or grind their acorns into flour in times of famine; physically we don't need them in the same way now. Or do we?
The Oak Papers is a stunning, meditative and healing book about the lessons we can learn from the natural world, if only we slow down enough to listen.