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Gossip from the Forest
Gossip from the Forest: The Tangled Roots of Our Forests and Fairytales | Sara Maitland
Fairytales are one of our earliest and most vital cultural forms, and forests one of our most ancient landscapes. Both evoke a similar sensation in us - we find them beautiful and magical, but also spooky, sometimes horrifying. In this fascinating book, Maitland argues that the two forms are intimately connected: the mysterious secrets and silences, gifts and perils of the forests were both the background and the source of the fairytales made famous by the Grimms and Hans Christian Andersen. Yet both forests and fairy stories are at risk and their loss deprives us of our cultural lifeblood. Maitland visits forests through the seasons, from the exquisite green of a beechwood in spring, to the muffled stillness of a snowy pine wood in winter. She camps with her son Adam, whose beautiful photographs are included in the book; she takes a barefoot walk through Epping Forest with Robert Macfarlane; she walks with a mushroom expert through an oak wood, and with a miner through the Forest of Dean. Maitland ends each chapter with a unique, imaginitive re-telling of a fairytale.Written with Maitland's wonderful clarity and conversational grace, Gossip from the Forest is a magical and unique blend of nature writing, history and imaginative fiction.
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RachelO
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*Mind. Blown*

So, bear with me - convoluted as ever. #cherish ➡️ Cherish the Ladies ➡️ folk tunes ➡️ folk tales ➡️ fairy tales and forests ➡️ to my bookshelf to see if there was anything cherish-like in here... and I didn‘t get any further than the pre-book quotes. Stunned (and not stunned) that such a dismissive-sounding term comes from such a special relationship!

Really must read this some time soon!

#MOvember

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1 . Gossip from the Forest - Sara Maitland

2 . Hufflepuff

3. People just do nothing

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elinorrose

Today's chapter, of 'Gossip From the Forest', is set against the backdrop of Ballochbuie and the Forest of Mar (in Scotland). I've already learnt about the Red Deer 'problem' and the interesting life of Funghi. A good read so far.

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An interesting insight into the book's title. Looking forward to this story.

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I have no idea why some versions of this book have an added 'Gossip' to the title. I much prefer it without. Anyhow, each chapter explores a different forest in The British Isles, including culture, uses, population and folklore. It then continues with a short faerie tale - a retelling, or a continuation. An enjoyable and interesting read.

RachelO This sounds great! 11mo
imyril This has been on my To Read list for ages. I really must make time for it. I feel I should book a long weekend in a cabin in the woods to make the most of it! 11mo
JulietBoydAuthor @imyril That would definitely get you in the mood. 😊 11mo
JulietBoydAuthor @RachelO It's fun and informative. 😊 11mo
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aentee
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"But forests, like fairy stories, need to be chaotic - beautiful and savage, useful and wasteful, dangerous and free."

This gives me the urge to go find a forest and get lost ?

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