You don’t have to be a naturalist or scientist to appreciate this lovely book—it truly reads like a novel. Peter Wohlleben not only uncovers the secrets of trees, but the joys, too. More importantly, he helps us to better understand that “undisturbed forests are vital to the future of our planet.” Slip this small volume into your coat pocket, head into the woods, and remember: slow down, breathe deep, and look around—you will be in awe at the wonders that surround you.
Mind. Blown. I'll never look at a tree or woods the same way again. You know how in Lord of the Rings trees can talk to each other and work together to protect their forest? Well apparently that's not just the stuff of fantasy writing; it's really what's happening! Well and expertly written. Wohlleben ties together his experience as a forester with some of the latest scientific findings. Fascinating!
September 2016 Indie Next List
“The Hidden Life of Trees reads like a 250-page epiphany. Wohlleben knows trees inside and out, and his revelatory examination of the inner lives of forests provides evidence of what many sensitive nature-lovers long suspected: that trees form friendships, sustain one another, and should be viewed as more than a natural resource. This is the kind of writing that can profoundly affect the way we live on this planet.”
— Stephen Sparks (W), Green Apple Books on the Park, San Francisco, CA
The first of a three-part series investigating the wonders of nature by New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben. Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, 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.After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.Includes a Note From a Forest Scientist, by Dr.Suzanne SimardPublished in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute
About the Author
Peter Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally-friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about trees. Tim Flannery is a scientist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and his books include Atmosphere of Hope and The Weather Makers. Jane Billinghurst's career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator. She is the translator of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben.