W&N Natural History HB September £30.00 288pp Full colour throughout 978 0 297 86624 4 eBook: £30.00 / 978 0 297 86624 4
Meetings with Remarkable Trees (1996) sold over 180,000 copies worldwide.
THOMAS PAKENHAM The Company of Trees
Acclaimed writer Thomas Pakenham shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature. Thomas Pakenham, indefatigable champion of trees, narrates a remarkable story of exploration and discovery, and of life-cycles longer than our own. Lavishly illustrated, The Company of Trees recounts his personal quest to establish a large arboretum at Tullynally, his forays to other tree-filled parks and plantations, his often hazardous seed-hunting expeditions, and his efforts to preserve magnificent old trees and historic woodlands. From Mongolia and the wildest parts of China to the redwood forests of the US, Thomas Pakenham has circled the globe searching out the oldest, the rarest and the most majestic of trees. Each chapter in this long-awaited book deals with the trees he has encountered and their stories. He investigates the impending threats to the landscapes we take for granted, be it at the hand of man or the effects of disease or climate change. Whether writing about the terrible storms breaking the backs of majestic trees that have stood sentinel for hundreds of years, or the sturdy young sapling giving him hope for the future, Thomas Pakenham is never less than enthralling. A passionate writer and educator, he brings wit, and wisdom, to a subject of universal appeal. Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Boer War and The Scramble for Africa. He is also the author and photographer of the bestselling Meetings With Remarkable Trees, Remarkable Trees of the World and In Search of Remarkable Trees: On Safari in Southern Africa. He lives in Ireland and is chairman of the Irish Tree Society.
Location: Holland Park, London and Westmeath, Ireland Available for interview
W&N Non-fiction • September 2015