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The Hidden Life of Trees

What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World

by Peter Wohlleben, translated by Jane Billinghurst, foreword by Tim Flannery

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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 Simard

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

About the Authors

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.

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.

Tim Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, conservationist, and author of numerous ground-breaking books, including The Weather Makers.

Editorial Reviews

"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." ——Sally McGrane, The New York Times

— The New York Times

"Charming, provocative, fascinating. In the tradition of Jean-Henri Fabre and other great naturalist story-tellers, Wohlleben relates enthralling tales of ecology." — -David George Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen, Pulitzer finalist

— David Haskell

"A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you joyously acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being." ——Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide

— Charles Foster, author of <i>Being a Beast</i>

"You will never look at a tree the same way after reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, which reveals the mindboggling properties and behavior of these terrestrial giants. Read this electrifying book, then go out and hug a tree—with admiration and gratitude." ——Dr. David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster

— Dr. David Suzuki

"This is the kind of writing that can profoundly affect the way we live on this planet." —-Stephen Sparks, Green Apple Books on the Park

— Stephen Sparks

"[In] his engaging narrative The Hidden Life of Trees, [Wohlleben] describes the peculiar traits of these gentle, sessile creatures—the braiding of roots, shyness of crowns, wrinkling of tree skin, convergence of stem-rivers—in a manner that elicits an aha! moment with each chapter." ——Dr. Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology, University of British Columbia

"A powerful reminder to slow down and tune into the language of nature." —Rachel Sussman, author of The Oldest Living Things in the World

— Rachel Sussman

"This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods." —Publishers Weekly

— Publishers Weekly

"With colorful and engaging descriptions of little-known phenomena in our natural world, Wohlleben helps readers appreciate the exciting processes at work in the forests around them." — —Dr. Richard Karban, University of California, Davis, author ofPlant Sensing and Communication

— Dr. Richard Karban

"In this spirited exploration, [Wohlleben] guarantees that readers will never look at these life forms in quite the same way again." ——Library Journal

— Library Journal

"Wohlleben’s book is at once romantic and scientific, beautifully articulating his personal relationship with the trees he has dedicated his life to. His view of the forest calls on us all to reevaluate our relationships with the plant world." — —Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, author of What a Plant Knows

— Daniel Chamovitz, Ph.D.

"Peter Wohlleben takes us on a fascinating guided tour of a secret world in which wilderness trees talk to one another, exchange nutrients, and even experience mutual sexual attraction. Who knew? The Hidden Life of Trees makes it abundantly clear why trees are the crowned heads of the plant kingdom." — —Wayne Grady, co-author of Tree: A Life Story

— Wayne Grady

"This marvelous book acknowledges both what we can begin to know, and what we can't. It opens the eyes, it opens all the senses." ——Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company

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