Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural history, Writing Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary women who have written about the natural world. From Sissinghurst Castle Garden and Scafell Pike in the Lake District to the Southern Sierras in California to the beaches of Cape Cod, Kathryn Aalto explores the lives, literature, and landscapes of twenty-five classic, new, and overlooked female nature writers.
“A fantastic resource for readers looking to grow their TBR piles.” — The Los Angeles Times
“Exciting, inspiring, intimidating, and bold.” — San Francisco Book Review
“A heartening book, granting attention to women who dared to write and ramble wild.” — BBC Countryfile
The Natural World of Winnie-The-Pooh
In this New York Times best seller, Kathryn Aalto explores the people, places, and plants that inspired A. A. Milne to create the Hundred Acre Wood. A three-part narrative packed with classic E. H. Shepard illustrations and hundreds of new and historical photographs.
“Aalto’s lovely book provides two great pleasures: a visit to the actual wild spots that inform the fictional Pooh world and a chance to slip into our memories of the books themselves.” — The Washington Post
“Lavishly illustrated with superb photographs as well as reproductions of the delightfully familiar Shepard illustrations… an affectionate book written with enthusiasm.” — The Wall Street Journal
“A vivid guide to the 6,000 acres of Ashdown Forest in England, a landscape celebrated by A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard as the make-believe Hundred Acre Wood where Christopher Robin and their friends had their adventures.” — The New York Times
- Click to listen to an interview on National Public Radio: The Real Woods Behind Winnie-The-Pooh’s Forest : NPR.
- Click to read a feature in The Washington Post: The real forest that inspired the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh – The Washington Post.
- Click to read a review ‘The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh’ is a honey pot of nostalgia – The Washington Post
Nature and Human Intervention
A project for Laurent-Perrier: Luciano Giubbilei, Kengo Kuma, Peter Randall-Page – This book by Kathryn Aalto is a collection of lyrical essays celebrating the vision and artists behind the Laurent-Perrier Garden at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. Printed in 1000 copies numbered from 1 to 1000.