The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition (Hardcover)

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The original edition of this book was an international bestseller and changed the way millions of people think about how trees interact with each other and the world around them. This large format, illustrated edition breathes new life into the original book and makes a perfect gift for anyone fascinated by how natural systems “communicate” with each other. Featuring selections from the original edition paired with breathtaking photographs of forests and trees from around the world, this book combines the browsability of a coffee table book with a depth of groundbreaking scientific inquiry that gives the work true staying power.

— From Jen's Picks

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


A visually stunning journey into the diversity and wonders of forests.

In his international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben opened readers' eyes to the amazing processes at work in forests every day. Now this new, breathtakingly illustrated edition brings those wonders to life like never before.

With compelling selections from the original book and stunning, large-format photographs of trees from around the world, this gorgeous volume distills the essence of Wohlleben's message to show trees in all their glory and diversity. Through rich language highlighting the interconnectedness of forest ecosystems, the book offers fascinating insights about the fungal communication highway known as the "wood wide web," the difficult life lessons learned in tree school, the hard-working natural cleanup crews that recycle dying trees, and much more. Beautiful images provide the perfect complement to Wohlleben's words, with striking close-ups of bark and seeds, panoramas of vast expanses of green, and a unique look at what is believed to be the oldest tree on the planet.

About the Author

Peter Wohlleben is the acclaimed author of the international bestsellers The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals. He spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ecological ideas into practice. Today he manages a forest academy and an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests. Jane Billinghurst's career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781771643481
ISBN-10: 177164348X
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English