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Pitchford Hall in Shropshire has the oldest existing treehouse in the world, lodged in a lime tree, but the tradition is far longer, stretching back as far as the time of Roman emperor Caligula. Yet this is a tradition that is far from dead and is enjoying a resurgence, appealing to children and 'kidults' everywhere. Historian Paula Henderson and writer Adam Mornement have collaborated on a book called Treehouses, which looks first at the history and then at the present day.

Published by Frances Lincoln at £25, it should be a joy to read while lounging in your treehouse resort in Kerala or just in the oak at the end of your garden.

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