From the publisher:
H.E. Bates carried a woodland in his imagination. He fell under its spell as a boy growing up in the Midlands, becoming increasingly enchanted each time he stepped below the wooded canopy. Memory magnified its mystery over the years, enriching his stories as he grew successful as a writer. But why did this place become a part of him? What are the qualities of all woodlands that make them so special? Set in Kent, Bates returns to those trees of his youth to breathe life into the changing character of a single woodland year, revealing how precious they are to the English countryside. Our new edition is illustrated throughout with Agnes Miller Parker’s wonderful engravings. “Bates’s 1936 volume is aptly named as it unfurls the life cycle of a British forest over a 12-month period, covering its flora, fauna, and human interactions. The text is illustrated with 73 absolutely gorgeous woodcuts by Agnes Miller Parker, making this a nearly irresistible package.”-Library Journal First published 1936 by Victor Gollancz.