Reviews

  • There is no greater debt than that which mankind owes to trees, and Robert Penn proves this brilliantly - a highly readable account of the multitude of uses one single ash tree can provide

    Lars Mytting, author of 'Norwegian Wood'
  • Beautifully crafted, [The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees ranges] freely over intellectual territory - masculinity, nostalgia, identity . . . Fascinating . . . Never have the benefits of getting your chopper out appeared more obvious

    Robert Crampton, Books of the Year, The Times
  • The appeal of Robert Penn's enchanting narrative extends far beyond tree enthusiasts, woodworkers and fanatic loggers like me. It is a book-lover's feast. Penn's wonderful prose and compelling research put The Man who Made Things out of Trees right up there in the league with such classics as John McPhee's The Survival of the Bark Canoe

    Rinker Buck, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Oregon Trail'
  • This book is bound for great things

    Sophie Morris, Independent
  • Penn is a fine writer, and the mix of research, reportage and personal reflection is persuasive . . . A lovely book

    Ed Cumming, Observer
  • [An] extended tribute to the beauty and usefulness of the ash tree... A homage to vanishing skills that were once integral to the functioning of rural Britain

    Tom Fort, Literary Review
  • A beautifully figured and multicolored ode to our love affair with the invaluable Ash tree. I swooned. Penn's paean to the many uses of the Ash is so well-wrought that I am compelled to take up hurling

    Nick Offerman
  • There's a bit of a wood theme this year, in fact, with ... Robert Penn's The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees. One can't help but wonder if all these books encouraging self-reliance and back-to-nature are signs of impending apocalypse

    Ian Sansom, 'Books of the Year', Guardian
  • A eulogy to the importance of ash throughout human history . . . Fascinating

    Tobias Jones, Guardian
  • I was completely smitten . . . [A] delightful, page-turning love letter to an often-overlooked material

    Grant Gibson, Craft Magazine