The Bleeding Tree

The Bleeding Tree: A Pathway Through Grief Guided by Forests, Folk Tales and the Ritual Year

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies
Hardback Published on: 11/05/2023
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The Bleeding Tree
This is a book about death and grief. It reads as a love letter to Hollie's deceased father who took his life during the first lockdown. Hollie writes bea... READ MORE
The Bleeding Tree
Should be a Baille-Gifford contender
I can not recommend this book highly enough. Don't be put off by the subtitle, there are punch-in-the-throat passages but it's not abject misery, not at a... READ MORE
Avi at Leicester Highcross


'It was the last of the ebbing days, the brink of the new season. It was the murky hours, the clove between sunset and sunrise. It was a tall tree with deep roots and it had been bleeding for a long while.'

As summer falls into autumn, Hollie Starling is hit by the heart-stopping news that her father has died by suicide. Thrust into a state of 'grief on hard mode', Hollie feels underserved by current attitudes toward grief and so seeks another way through the dark.

Following her first year without her father, Hollie embraces her lifelong interest in folklore and turns to the healing power of nature, the changing seasons and the rituals of ancient communities. The Bleeding Tree is an unflinching year-zero guidebook to grief that shows us that by looking back to past traditions of bereavement we can all find our own way forward.

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781846047411
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 460g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 40 mm

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The Bleeding Tree
A true guide to loss and grief
Reading Hollie's book took time from start to finish as some pages I marked and backtracked on the parts I found very useful. The way her real-life trauma... READ MORE
R.L McKenzie