A New Forest Reader

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A New Forest Reader

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Edited by Eóin MacAoidh

Authors Include: C. R. Cornish, Daniel Defoe, William Gilpin, Francis George Heath, W. H. Hudson, Gerald Lascelles, Richard Heath, Elizabeth Godfrey, Heywood Sumner, George R. Tweedie, Telford Varley, and John R. Wise. 

Hatchet Green Publishing
ISBN: 978-0956837202
May 10, 2011
332 pages

There are many guide books that introduce the reader to the pleasures, curiosities and breathtaking beauty of the New Forest, but what of the historical writings that have now fallen out of print or become lost to the archive? - It is in these that we might truly come to understand just how little the Forest has changed (or, if it has, then how). 

Though it has become something of a cliché to refer the New Forest's unchanging state, it is no less true that a great portion of it has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The essays, articles and extracts to be found in this anthology of New Forest writing have been selected precisely to illustrate this point, as well as to bring into circulation again, some of the best writing from the past.

With this anthology, follow in the footsteps of the most celebrated writers on the New Forest; including William Gilpin, John R. Wise, and Heywood Sumner, as well as 18th and 19th century diarists and chroniclers such as Daniel Defoe, William Cobbett, and Richard Heath. Among the many contributions on the natural history of the New Forest are writings by the celebrated naturalists W.H. Hudson, and C.J. Cornish, as well as the prolific writer on British woodlands, Francis George Heath. For anyone interested in the complex history and landscape of the New Forest, this anthology will prove fascinating.

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Review

This well thought-out 332 page volume is an anthology of some of the most important historical writing on the history, landscape and wildlife of the New Forest ... beautifully illustrated with more than 30 monochrome ink sketches and line drawings taken from the original publications. This is an excellent and delightful book which brings together the cream of bygone writings on the New Forest, many of which are now out of print and can be difficult to find or prohibitively expensive to purchase. This well-presented volume therefore makes a flavour of some of the best past observations on the Forest available to everyone. Highly recommended.

M. J. Nesbitt , The Lymington Times

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Though it has become something of a cliché to refer the New Forest's unchanging state, it is no less true that a great portion of it has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The essays, articles and extracts to be found in this anthology of New Forest writing have been selected precisely to illustrate this point, as well as to bring into circulation again, some of the best writing from the past. With this anthology, follow in the footsteps of the once most celebrated writers on the New Forest; including William Gilpin, John R. Wise and Heywood Sumner, as well as 18th and 19th century chroniclers such as Daniel Defoe, William Cobbett, and Richard Heath. Among the many contributions on the natural history of the Forest are writings by the celebrated naturalists W. H. Hudson, and C. J. Cornish, as well as the prolific 19th century writer on British woodlands, Francis George Heath. For anyone interested in the complex history and landscape of the New Forest, this anthology will prove fascinating.