Following the success of Ruth Pavey's debut that introduced readers to her four-acres of verdant land in the Somerset Levels, Ruth reflects on the fate of her wood. Beneath the canopy of trees she spent 20 years planting, she sees nature's forces changing rapidly with the diversity of species dwindling. When the rabbits suddenly vanish, she knew it was time to take a closer look at the undergrowth and what she could do to preserve the legacy of the wood for generations to come.
Interwoven with Ruth's candid descriptions of the practical challenges of land management are forays into the Levels' local history, as well as thoughtful portraits of its inhabitants both past and present. Accompanied throughout by the author's evocative hand-drawn illustrations, Deeper Into the Wood is a lyrical and inspiring story; a potent reminder of nature's delicate balance and our responsibility toward its preservation.
***PRAISE FOR A WOOD OF ONE'S OWN***
'Delightful... Pavey writes with warmth and spirit, and brings this space to life.' Penelope Lively
'The satisfactions are many... that all her readers can share in.' The Lady
'So beguiling... Pavey's writing is everywhere amiable.' The Times Literary Supplement
'A lovely story a super book.' Steve Yabsley, BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset
'Draws together childhood memories, local history... and literary penumbra.' Sunday Telegraph
'Pavey's love for her small patch of land shimmers off the page [in this] narrative of warmth, honesty and great spirit made all the more beautiful by Pavey's own lively and accomplished drawings... this lovely book is itself a gift encouraging country-dweller and townie alike to marvel at the infinite possibilities at the heart of a single tree.' The Daily Mail, Book of the Week
'A lyrical story of desire and determination, soft and gentle, warm and wise in a wicked world.' Camden New Journal
'Fascinating... Pavey bring us into a world of escape from the hurly-burly of towns... will be enjoyed by many readers.' Nudge