The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2017 - Forest ecology - 271 pages
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Sunday Times Bestseller 'A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement' Charles Foster Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month (September) 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.

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

I learned a lot from this book, so on balance, I'm glad I read it. My criticism is that the author seemed to be unable to decide whether he was writing for a well-informed audience or for people like ... Read full review

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User Review  - elenchus - LibraryThing

Wohlleben's collection is eminently readable: an essay typically runs six octavo pages; focuses on a central concept with multiple and specific (often personal) examples; and deploys a conversational ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

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, where he works for the return of primeval forests. He is the author of numerous books about trees.

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