The Hidden Life of Trees (Paperback)
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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 24/08/2017
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Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for September 2017

This book is a lens to help you take a closer look at what you may have taken for granted. Slow down, breathe deep and look around. What can you hear? What can you see? What do you feel?

Are trees social beings? How do trees live? Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings?

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.

Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. A walk in the woods will never be the same again.

'We read in fairy tales of trees with human faces, trees that can talk, and sometimes walk. This enchanted forest is the kind of place, I feel sure, that Peter Wohlleben inhabits. His deep understanding of the lives of trees, reached through decades of personal observation and study, reveals a world so astonishing that if you read his book, I believe that forests will become magical places for you too.' - Tim Flannery writing in the foreword to The Hidden Life of Trees

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008218430
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Marvellous.' - John Banville, Irish Times

'A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement.' - Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

'The Hidden Life of Trees is a wonderful, provocative book that draws together half a century of much-neglected and misunderstood plant science and frames it within field observations by an acute and empathetic forester.' - The New Statesman

'The matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news long known to biologists that trees in the forest are social beings.' - The New York Times

'Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees breaks entirely new ground ... [Wohlleben] has listened to trees and decoded their language. Now he speaks for them.' - Thomas Pakenham, New York Review of Books

'A declaration of love and an engrossing primer on trees, brimming with facts and an unashamed awe for nature.' - The Washington Post

'A magical book about fixtures that we walk by every day and take for granted ... The Hidden Life of Trees may be the most important environmental book of the year.' - The San Francisco Chronicle

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“Info for all”

Easy to read, down to earth explanation of tree behaviour. The "spoken" language fits the laymen, and might even captivate young readers. Bite size chapters so one does not have to read it from... More

Hardback edition
22nd February 2017
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“Relayed review.”

I bought this book for my son, a tree surgeon, who loves trees with a passion. He called me to thank me and to say that he is really enjoying reading it.

Hardback edition
29th October 2017
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“Beautifully magical”

This is the first time I have read a book about nature since I was a child and this book is brilliant. I'm usually not a fan of non-fiction, but the short easy to read chapters make this book such an easy-read!... More

Paperback edition
22nd September 2017
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