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"I've never seen a man change quite the way he did. As well as giving us firewood and physical objects, it also brings the pleasure of making things by hand.
"Was it just the activity and the summer warmth that made him better? Like Norwegian Wood, this book is bound for great things, and has already been chosen as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week over Christmas.
For as much as Mytting captures the romance of the great outdoors, the nobility of the honest graft of wood chopping, and our close relationship with trees, it is also a step-by-step guide to preparing your wood store.
There is advice on which axe and chainsaw to buy, in-depth consideration of the qualities of different woods, chopping methods, and information on stoves and fire-building.
These people know that without it man would never have been able to inhabit land so far north in the first place. Robert Penn, author of The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees, delves into our intimate relationship with wood in his new book, by finding out how many different things can be made from an ash tree.
"Ottar spent a month on his woodpile," writes Mytting. He enjoyed the feel of each log in his hand, the smell that made him feel he was at work inside a poem, the sense of security in his stack, the pleasing thought of the winter that lay ahead, with all those hours of sitting contentedly in front of his woodburning stove." So why do we care over here? Ash, posits Penn, is the tree with the most varied use in human history.
"The book is a magic carpet that transports readers to different places," he explains.
The first four-hour slot was a celebration of all things firewood, starting with Mytting building and lighting a fire.
The next two parts broadcast a log fire; the only activity is when wood is added to the flames, and an interlude where a camera operator toasts a sausage.
It has been translated into 10 languages and is now in our shops ready for Christmas – even here in the UK it's been reprinted four times in one month and has sold more than 20,000 copies.
This is very unusual for such a niche and practical book.