A brilliant exploration
of myth, wilderness and a life of depth and vocation

A Branch from the
Lightning Tree…


A brilliant exploration of myth, wilderness and a life of depth and vocation. Shaw claims we are socially addicted to the act of severance and have replaced longing with disapointment.
This, in turn, creates a defence against our own beauty. With a cluster of initoatory myths, deft commentary and personal narrative of his four years in the wild, Shaw suggests a 'Culture of Wildness' is possible, indeed vital, for a restoration of soul in our lives.

A Branch from the Lightning Tree

Snowy Tower

Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language


“An outrageous piece of magic, a hoard of galloping insights sprung from the meeting of one of Europe’s most alchemical story traditions with the pirate brilliance of Martin Shaw”.


– David Abram
Author of The Spell of the Sensuous

Snowy Tower