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Book Launch: In Search of Remarkable Trees by Thomas Pakenham

Thomas Packenham In Search of Remarkable Trees, On Safari in Southern AfricaJonathan Ball and Exclusive Books cordially invite you to celebrate the launch of an awe-inspiring collection of the largest, oldest and most fabled trees of Southern Africa and Madagascar, set against the stunningly photogenic backdrop of the regions’ wildlifes and landscape.

Thomas Pakenham is no stranger to Africa, with his award-winning books, The Scramble for Africa and The Boer War; and he is well-known as great friend of the trees from his bestselling Meetings with Remarkable Trees and Remarkable Trees of the World.

Now he combines his two interests with In Search of Remarkable Trees: On Safari in Southern Africa.

His particular quarry is the rare, the giant, the very old, the extraordinary, the simply beautiful – or those trees imbued with significance, written about by the great explorers of the past, or associated with magic or folklore or ritual.

The result is a highly individual book, the product of a brilliant photographer and an original mind. In an opening section he describes his journey and its extraordinary moments of drama and even danger – on occasion he had to scale the trees he was photographing to escape from enraged wildlife – alongside the moments of triumph as he stands in awe before a tree, connected by some primitive bond. The texts that accompany each image are as individual as his photographs, a beautifully-crafted blend of botany and social history.

Please join us and the author at the launch; details below.

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About the author
Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed The Scramble for Africa, which won the Alan Paton Award. His first book on trees, Meetings with Remarkable Trees, published in 1996, received international acclaim and was made into an often-repeated television series with the same name. Remarkable Trees of the World followed in 2002 and was an international bestseller, as was The Remarkable Baobab. Thomas lives in Ireland.

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