Around the World in 80 Trees
“An arboreal odyssey” – NATURE
“One of the most quietly beautiful books of the year” – DAILY MAIL
Discover the secretive world of trees in Jonathan Drori’s number one bestseller… Bestselling author and environmentalist Jonathan Drori follows in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg as he tells the stories of 80 magnificent trees from all over the globe. In Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable. From the trees of Britain, to India’s sacred banyan tree, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Stops on the trip include the lime trees of Berlin’s Unter den Linden boulevard, which intoxicate amorous Germans and hungry bees alike, the swankiest streets in nineteenth-century London, which were paved with Australian eucalyptus wood, and the redwood forests of California, where the secret to the trees’ soaring heights can be found in the properties of the tiniest drops of water. Each of these strange and true tales – populated by self-mummifying monks, tree-climbing goats and ever-so-slightly radioactive nuts – is illustrated by Lucille Clerc, taking the reader on a journey that is as informative as it is beautiful. The book combines history, science and a wealth of quirky detail – there should be surprises for everyone. Perfect for fans of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, this new book will certainly whet the appetite of any tree lover to take an around-the-world trip, or simply visit your local botanic garden. The perfect travel guide for nature enthusiasts.
“An irresistible mix of science, culture, botany, history and vicarious travel” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“Reads like a love song to the natural world, brimming with ancient anecdotes contained within the earth” – CULTURE TRIP
Jonathan Drori (Author) Jonathan Drori CBE is a Trustee of The Eden Project and Cambridge Science Centre, an Ambassador for the WWF, and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and The Woodland Trust. He is on the board of Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Geographical Society. In a previous life at the BBC, he was Executive Producer of more than fifty prime-time science documentaries and popular series. Lucille Clerc (Author, Illustrator) Lucille Clerc is a French illustrator who studied at ENSAAMA in Paris and Central Saint Martins in London. She has worked with international fashion houses, museums and Historic Royal Palaces and The Palace of Versailles. Her work is produced through drawing and screen-printing, much of it inspired by London and the relationship between cities and nature.