One of Stafford's ten top books about trees, as shared at the Guardian:
Howards End by EM ForsterRead about the other entries on the list.
I learned from reading this book at school that novels can work through recurrent phrases and enigmatic images. Here, on the very first page, is the wych elm. I had no idea then what a wych elm might be, but I knew that this strange tree, with the pig’s teeth embedded in its trunk, somehow possessed qualities that were beyond the reach of the car-owning colonialists who thought they owned it.
Howards End is among John Mullan's ten best concerts in literature.