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    • The Glorious Life of the Oak

    • By: John Lewis-Stempel
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The oak is our most beloved and most common tree. It has roots that stretch back to all the old European cultures, but Britain has more ancient oaks than all the other European countries put together. More than half the ancient oaks in the world are in Britain. Many of our ancestors - the Angles, the Saxons, the Norse - came to the British Isles in longships made of oak. For centuries the oak touched every part of a Briton's life - from cradle to coffin. It was oak that made the 'wooden walls' of Nelson's navy, and the navy that allowed Britain to rule the world.

    Regular price: $19.62

    • The Secret Life of the Owl

    • By: John Lewis-Stempel
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
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    Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Secret Life of the Owl by John Lewis-Stempel, read by Roy McMillan. 'Dusk is filling the valley. It is the time of the gloaming, the owl-light. Out in the wood, the resident tawny has started calling, hoo-hoo-hoo-h-o-o-o.' There is something about owls. They feature in every major culture from the Stone Age onwards. They are creatures of the night, and thus of magic. They are the birds of ill-tidings, the avian messengers from the Other Side.

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    • The Running Hare

    • The Secret Life of Farmland
    • By: John Lewis-Stempel
    • Narrated by: Bernard Hill
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
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    Traditional ploughland is disappearing. Seven cornfield flowers have become extinct in the last 20 years. Once abundant, the corn bunting and the lapwing are on the Red List. The corncrake is all but extinct in England. And the hare is running for its life. Written in exquisite prose, The Running Hare tells the story of the wild animals and plants that live in and under our ploughland, from the labouring microbes to the patrolling kestrel above the corn, from the linnet pecking at seeds to the seven-spot ladybird.

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    • Meadowland

    • By: John Lewis-Stempel
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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    Meadowland gives a unique and intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December, together with its biography. In exquisite prose, John Lewis-Stempel records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-cutting of summer and grazing in autumn, and includes the biographies of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair, among others.

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    • The Wood

    • The Life & Times of Cockshutt Wood
    • By: John Lewis-Stempel
    • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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    For four years John Lewis-Stempel managed the wood. He coppiced the trees and raised cows and pigs who roamed free there. This is the diary of the last year, by which time he had come to know it from the bottom of its beech roots to the tip of its oaks and to know all the animals that lived there - the fox, the pheasants, the wood mice, the tawny owl - and where the best bluebells grew. For many fauna and flora, woods like Cockshutt are the last refuge. It proves a sanctuary for John, too.

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    • The War Behind the Wire

    • By: John Lewis-Stempel
    • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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    On capture, British officers and men were routinely told by the Germans, “For you the war is over”. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage. British PoWs also battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped. Then escaped again.

    Regular price: $24.26