The Green Road into the Trees, Paperback

The Green Road into the Trees Paperback

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


This is the winner of the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright prize.

In the past, Hugh Thomson has written acclaimed books about Peru, Mexico and the Indian Himalaya.

Now he returns to the most exotic and foreign country of them all - his own.

Walking right across England, along ancient trackways and green grass roads, Hugh explores the way the country was and the way it is today: the legends, literature and natural world that define us, and the undercurrent of regret running throughout our history; what he calls 'the unicorn disappearing into the trees'.

From coast-to-coast and through the heart of the countryside, he shows how older,forgotten cultures like the Celts, Saxons and Vikings lie much closer to the surface than we may think.

It is a journey enriched and partly told by the characters he meets along the way.

By taking it, Hugh casts unexpected light - and humour - on the way we live now.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780099558392



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A disappointing book. An experienced travel writer looking for a subject. He walks along the Ickneild Way across southern England. And what he comes up with is a series of Googled-historical description of some of the sites he comes across plus a few personal reminisences and a few grumpy old man complaints about the state of the country. A lazy book with little point to it.

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