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The Oak Papers


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About the author

James Canton

James Canton teaches the Wild Writing MA course at the University of Essex. The author of Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape, which was inspired by his rural wanderings, he also runs workshops on writing nature and landscape. …

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Praise for The Oak Papers

‘This is a profound meditation on the human need for connection with nature, as one man seeks solace beneath the bows of an ancient oak tree. The tree and its surrounds come to life in shimmering detail, and Canton's writing has an exquisite, somewhat dreamlike quality.’ —Peter Wohlleben, author of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees

‘A lyrical journey into our deep relationship with trees. Canton shows us how paying attention to our gnarled green elders can reveal rich layers of culture, psychology, and ecology. He is a wise and inspiring guide.’ —David George Haskell, Pulitzer finalist, author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees

‘James Canton knows so much, writes so well and understands so deeply about the true forest magic and the important place these trees have in it. Knowledge and joy.’ —Sara Maitland

‘This is a moving, poetic and life-affirming exploration of the idea that a person can form a rich and rewarding bond with an individual tree. The Oak Papers possesses great sensitivity, real wisdom and a deep mystical power.’ —Patrick Barkham

‘With rare delicacy and precision, James Canton has captured the magnificence and mystique of the oak tree. The Oak Papers is a book of deep knowledge, perception, and love.’ —Philip Marsden