Out of the Woods: Nature, Sexuality, and Faith in the Forest (Hardcover)

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A haunting and evocative memoir that grips your hand and pulls you through the depths of Turner’s emotions, totally absorbing. He finds himself, after the abrupt end of a defining relationship, once again questioning his place in the world as a bisexual man, especially one
that is further complicated by religion, and revisiting his feelings of guilt and shame. He turns to Epping Forest, once a place of solace and safety, only to find parallels with his own struggle. A beautiful book about coming to peace with oneself, and the places that may help you may find it.

Becky Doherty


A fierce and highly original memoir of sexuality, shame, and the lure of the trees.

In the wake of a significant breakup, Luke Turner is visited by familiar demons--depression and guilt surrounding his bisexual identity, experiences of sexual abuse, and confusion wrought by a religious upbringing. Luke seeks refuge in London's Epping Forest, where unexpected, elusive threats seem to have replaced its former comforts. No stranger to compulsion, Luke finds himself repeatedly drawn to the woods, eager to uncover its secrets and investigate an old family rumor of illicit behavior. Away from a society that still cannot cope with the complexities of masculinity and sexuality, Luke finally begins to find acceptance among the trees as he reconciles external expectations with his own way of being.

Out of the Woods is a dazzling, devastating memoir about the irresistible yet dangerous potency of the forest, and the peace that can be found in life's gray areas.

About the Author

LUKE TURNER is a writer, editor, and curator based in London. He co-founded and edits the influential online music publication The Quietus and regularly writes on music, culture, and place for a variety of magazines, websites, and broadcasters. Out of the Woods is his first book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771647229
ISBN-10: 1771647221
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English
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