A journey through the Great Storm and the re-birth of the English landscape.
Trees are part of the British psyche. We care if just one tree is cut down unnecessarily. So what happens when 15 million are blown down in one night? Part travelogue, part memoir, part celebration of nature's ability to heal itself, Windblown is as rich in character and story-telling as the rings of an ancient oak.
'Windblown is a marvellously original mixture of reportage and memoir, holding a memorable event in recent history up to the light and making sense of it' Bel Mooney
'A wonderful read' Michael Fish
'Vivid ... thoroughly researched and informative' TLS
'This eloquently written account shows that the Great Storm was a wake-up call, providing a wealth of information that helps us manage our treescape today.' Tony Kirkham, Head of the Kew Gardens Arboretum
Tamsin Treverton Jones is obviously a countrywoman with much love of the nature around her. Interspersed with her travels and accounts of places and events are vivid descriptions of environment, people and animals, as well as her own family history. Her thoroughly researched and informative book throws new light on the vagaries of the great storm. - Times Literary Supplement
Windblown is as much memoir as history, and attractively weaves in memories of the author's father Terry Thomas, whose mural commemorating the storm stands in Kew Gardens. - Spectator
This meticulously researched and absorbing account... uncovers stories we may have not heard before... Beautifully written - you can almost feel the wind blowing through the pages. - Bath Magazine
A poignant reminder that Britain can at times be subject to the dark forces of nature. - Cotswold Life
An elegant exploration of the aftermath [of the Great Storm of 1987] - The Express
Windblown, which contains valuable diagnosis... is most worth reading for its information from Kew Gardens. - Robin Lane Fox, Financial Times
Hauntingly beautiful - Daily Mail
Tamsin Treverton Jones is a writer and poet. She studied French at Bristol University and went on to be Head of Press at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre and Bath Literature Festival. She has produced and presented features for radio, programmed literary events for digital broadcast and published two oral histories for The History Press.