Lyrical, moving and never self-pitying . . . a lovely book.
Short's story is as much about work as it is escape and landscape; he illuminates the value of doing rather than thinking. Beautifully written, Burn is melancholy and hopeful in equal measure. Like taking a forest ramble in changeable weather, reading it leaves you feeling ruffled but alive
In this candid memoir, [Ben] learns the benefits of living simply . . . above everything, Ben discovers the joys of risking everything in the search for personal happiness.
An intriguing, touching and beautifully written book, about how it feels to be in a dark place spiritually, to move into the woods but enter an increasingly lighter place, to be practising the ancient skills of coppicing and charcoal burning, to love a dog.