The Guardian Sara Maitland's top 10 books of the forest
About four years ago I realised that ancient woodland gives me the same frisson of terror and delight that traditional fairy stories do. A remarkable number of people seem to share this feeling. I wanted to work out what was going on, so I went into the woods and revisited the old fairytales – especially those by the Brothers Grimm. And what became clear to me was that the stories were imaginatively rooted in our northern-European origins as people of the forest.