James Canton

Book Shambles

There’s been a lot more interest in plants and trees in the UK recently thanks to David Attenborough’s The Green Planet series, so this week we speak with nature writer James Canton about his recent book The Oak Papers which tells the story of an 800 year old oak tree, and our relationship with oak throughout the ages. He and Robin chat about great nature writing, notable underwear stores in Ealing and nature in literature from Homer to Chatwin to Macdonald and beyond.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

The Oak Papers by James Canton

The writing of Helen Macdonald

The writing of Robert Macfarlane

The writing of Annie Dillard

The writing of Barry Lopez

The writing of Suzanne Simard

The writing of Richard Maybe

The writing of T.E. Lawrence

The writing of Iain Sinclair

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

Through Darkest Pondelayo by Joan Lindsay

The Teachings Of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda

Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead

Odyssey by Homer

The First Ghosts by Irving Finkel

The Importance of Being Interested by Robin Ince

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