John Fowles' writing life was dominated by trees. From the orchards of his childhood in suburban Essex, to the woodlands of wartime Devon, to his later life on the Dorset coast, trees filled his imagination and enriched his many acclaimed and best-selling novels. Told through his lifelong relationship with trees, blending autobiography, literary criticism, philosophy and nature writing,
As lyrical and precise as Fowles' novels, The Tree is a provocative meditation on the connection between the natural world and human creativity, and also a rejection of the idea that nature should be tamed for human purpose. Now, nearly forty years after its first publication, Little Toller have republished this classic book as a special hardback, featuring a new foreword by William Fiennes and especially commissioned wood engravings, in the spirit of The Man Who Planted Trees.
The Tree by John Fowles