Each of Roger Deakin’s three books, Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain, Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees and Notes From Walnut Tree Farm are stunning, the apotheosis of natural history writing. The picture above is of Deakin’s notebooks, archived at UEA. One day I might spend a very blissful day thumbing through those books.
Oh, how I love to look at people’s handwritten notes and notebooks. I have never read Deakin but was many times looking at his books and soon ordering them. Which one will you reccomend to read first?
Each book stands alone, but I read them in order from Waterlog to Wildwood to Notes, but it wouldn’t hurt to reverse the order.
I was just looking again at Waterlog after a comment from someone about a post on my blog, and was reminded how wonderful Roger Deakin was. I didn’t know his notebooks were at UEA. I might go too!
Have you read Notes From Walnut Tree Farm? It is exquisite.
hope some one looks through and maybe brings together a fitting epitaph from these ,I love waterlog and notes from such shame he passed away ,all the best stu
Yes, stu, a real shame; I’ve taken ‘Notes From …’ as his epitaph.
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