How to Read a Tree (Hardback)
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How to Read a Tree (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 13/04/2023
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From the author of How to Read Water comes an accessible and illuminating guide to understanding the rich variety of trees through the hidden shapes and patterns that most people miss.

Do two trees ever appear identical? No, but why? Every small difference is a clue.

Each tree we meet is filled with signs that reveal secrets about the life of that tree and the landscape we stand in. The clues are easy to spot when you know what to look for, but remain invisible to most people.

In How to Read a Tree, you'll discover the simple principles that explain the shapes and patterns you can see in trees and what they mean. And you'll learn rare skills that can be applied every time you pass a tree, whether you are in a town or a wilder spot.

As the author of the international bestsellers The Walker's Guide and How to Read Water, Tristan Gooley knows how to uncover the phenomena worth looking for. He has been instructing people in the art of reading trees for two decades and this book includes signs that will not be found in any other book in the world.

Once you have learned to see these things it is impossible to unsee them. We will never look at a tree the same way again.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529339598
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 527 g
Dimensions: 218 x 160 x 34 mm


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'Tristan Gooley has done trees the greatest service. In this gentle, enchanting book he leads us into their language - how to spot their natural tendencies and individual foibles, recognise their responses to stress and ingenious strategies to survive. And with these insights he arouses an even deeper affection and concern for trees - our friends and allies, with whose fate our own is inextricably bound.' - Isabella Tree

'You will never look at a tree in the same way again after reading this mesmerising book. Gooley drops learning as lighty as blossom falls in spring.' - John Lewis-Stempel

'Wherever you are - city or wilderness - if you want to understand the secrets of trees you pass, this is the book to read...Tristan has the rare gift of explaining the most complex ideas with humour and deep insight.' - Peter Thomas, Emeritus Reader in Plant Ecology at Keele University, author of Trees

'An important book and a pleasure to read.' - Raynor Winn

'It was a lightbulb moment! I thought I knew my local woods - I walk there almost every day. But it's a thrill to see it through fresh eyes, to develop a much deeper understanding.' - Peter Gibbs, Chair BBC Gardeners' Question Time

'This book will add a new dimension to your countryside stroll.' - Wanderlust

'Will undoubtedly leave you with a deeper appreciation of trees...your country walks will never be quite the same again.' - Daily Mail

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“Fascinating - you’ll never look at trees in the same way again”

Many years ago I read the Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley and over the years this has been a point of reference before and after hiking and walking - providing me with invaluable knowledge and guidance. This... More

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“Deeply fascinating and exquisitely written”

Tristan Gooley is so good at this kind of thing. His previous books, including The Secret World of Weather and How to Read Water, succeed in really bringing the natural world to life and this one is no different. Full... More

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“A new way to look at our leafy friends”

I had to pick this up as soon as I saw a paperback copy of it as I always love a good piece of nature writing, especially about trees!

The book is built into chapters that explore aspects of the structure of a tree... More

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