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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Wood by John Lewis-Stempel, read by Leighton Pugh. 

From 'one of the best nature-writers of his generation' (Country Life) and 2017 winner of the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, this BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' is the story of a wood - both its natural daily life and its historical times. Cockshutt is a particular wood - three and half acres of mixed woodland in southwest Herefordshire - but it stands as exemplar for all the small woods of England. 

For four years John Lewis-Stempel managed the wood. He coppiced the trees and raised cows and pigs who roamed free there. This is the diary of the last year, by which time he had come to know it from the bottom of its beech roots to the tip of its oaks and to know all the animals that lived there - the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice, the tawny owl - and where the best bluebells grew. For many fauna and flora, woods like Cockshutt are the last refuge. It proves a sanctuary for John, too. 

To listen to The Wood is to be amongst its trees as the seasons change, following an easy path until suddenly the view is broken by a screen of leaves, or your foot catches on a root, or a bird startles overhead. Lyrical, informative, steeped in poetry and folklore, it is both very real and very magical. 

©2018 John Lewis-Stempel (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"John Lewis-Stempel is the hottest nature writer around." (Spectator)

"It sounds magical and you just know it will be gloriously written." (Bookseller)

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Excellent book,

The wood is a modern classic, John Lewis -Stempel’s love letter to his wood. Woods need to be managed, nurtured and cared for if they are not to become choked with brambles and therefore all life. I have no issue at all with the authors accounts of shooting the pigeons and Pheasant for his cooking pot.
The wood is a month by month diary account of life within the wood, of the wildlife, trees, wildlife, flowers, the author and his livestock.
It was prude escapism and thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend.

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Fascinating.

I loved every day of the year, never has a book about a been so enlightening and captivating.

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Nice book

Enjoyed it but he referred to evolution and shoots harmless pheasants for a meal☹️ but was good listen

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