Pakenham, Earl

Non-fiction writer

Thomas Pakenham is a historian, arborist and author who wrote the critically acclaimed The Scramble for Africa, which won the WH Smith Award and the Alan Paton Award. He is also the author of The Boer War, The Mountains of Rasselas (Orion, 1998) and The Year of Liberty (Orion, 1997).

Thomas is the chairman of the Irish Tree Society, and loves planting trees for both profit and decoration. His latest book The Company of Trees: A Year in a Lifetime's Quest, is published by Weidenfeld (September 2015).

Thomas lives in County Westmeath, Ireland, with his wife.