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How to Read a Tree: The Sunday Times Bestseller

Tristan Gooley

4 Reviews

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Natural history, Trees, wildflowers & plants, Weather, Walking, hiking, trekking, Outdoor survival skills

'Trees are keen to tell us so much. They'll tell us about the land, the water, the people, the animals, the weather and time. And they will tell us about their lives, the good bits and bad. Trees tell a story but only to those who know how to read it.'

'You will never look at a tree in the same way again after reading this mesmerising book.' - John Lewis-Stempel

'An important book and a pleasure to read.' - Raynor Winn

'Tristan Gooley has done trees the greatest service.' - Isabella Tree

'Wherever you are - city or wilderness - if you want to understand the secrets of trees you pass, this is the book to read...Tristan has the rare gift of explaining the most complex ideas with humour and deep insight.' - Peter Thomas, Emeritus Reader in Plant Ecology at Keele University, author of Trees

Each tree we meet is filled with signs that reveal secrets about the life of that tree and the landscape we stand in. The clues are easy to spot when you know what to look for, but remain invisible to most people.

In How to Read a Tree, you'll discover the simple principles that explain the shapes and patterns you can see in trees and what they mean. And you'll learn rare skills that can be applied every time you pass a tree, whether you are in a town or a wilder spot.

We will never look at a tree the same way again.

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Praise for How to Read a Tree: The Sunday Times Bestseller

  • 'Tristan Gooley has done trees the greatest service. In this gentle, enchanting book he leads us into their language - how to spot their natural tendencies and individual foibles, recognise their responses to stress and ingenious strategies to survive. And with these insights he arouses an even deeper affection and concern for trees - our friends and allies, with whose fate our own is inextricably bound.' - Isabella Tree

  • 'You will never look at a tree in the same way again after reading this mesmerising book. Gooley drops learning as lighty as blossom falls in spring.' - John Lewis-Stempel

  • 'An important book and a pleasure to read.' - Raynor Winn

  • 'It was a lightbulb moment! I thought I knew my local woods - I walk there almost every day. But it's a thrill to see it through fresh eyes, to develop a much deeper understanding.' - Peter Gibbs, Chair of BBC Gardeners' Question Time

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Tristan Gooley

Tristan Gooley is the award-winning and international bestselling author of titles such as The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs, How to Read Water and How to Read a Tree. Through his journeys, teaching and writing, he has pioneered a renaissance in the rare art of natural navigation.

Tristan is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed singlehanded across the Atlantic. He has explored close to home and walked with and studied the methods of tribal peoples in some of the remotest regions on Earth.

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