Nature & Natural History Books
The Lay of the Land
New and coming soon in nature
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month
The cephalopods; squids, octopus, cuttlefish, animal brains separated from our own by 500 million years of evolution. Why then is their perception of the world so aligned with our own, with octopus making tools from shells, playfully shooting out aquarium lights with jets of water and leading divers by the hand to explore their environment?
Philosopher and diver Peter Godfrey-Smith shines a beguiling light on these magnificent creatures, revealing mesmeric parallels between our behaviour and theirs. At question is the basic evolution of consciousness and our own hubris: if faced with truly remarkable, but entirely alien intelligence, would we even recognise it?
Our Most Recommended Nature Books
Classic and recommended nature writing
Life on the Land
Books on country living
Into the Woods
Books on trees and woodland
A forester, ecologist and author of our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for September, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben is also known as the Tree Whisperer so comprehensive is his knowledge of how trees grow, adapt and communicate. In this interview he discusses his love of woodland, explains how trees really communicate and examines what we might gain by learning to listen to them.
John Lewis-Stempel, author of The Secret Life of the Owl, introduces readers to the mysteries of the night's most enchanting and elusive guardian.
Full Fathom Five
From the shore to the darkest deep: the undersea kingdom
The Natural Navigator
Nature guides and practical handbooks to keep by your side
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