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The Secret Wisdom of Nature
Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things —Stories from Science and Observation
By (author): Peter Wohlleben Translated by: Jane Billinghurst
9781771643887 Hardcover, Printed dust jacket English General Trade SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Ecology Mar 05, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8 x 0.75 in 272 pages Greystone Books Ltd.

The final book in The Mysteries of Nature trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben.

Nature is full of surprises: deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain. But what are the processes that drive these incredible phenomena? And why do they matter?

In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, master storyteller and international sensation Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants and answers such questions as: How do they influence each other? Do lifeforms communicate across species boundaries? And what happens when this finely tuned system gets out of sync? By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and recounting his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world’s most famous foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes.

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.

  • Promotion of the full trilogy through print and online ads, reminding readers of the Hidden Life of Trees and how this book fits into the Wohlleben worldview
  • National review attention
  • Interviews with Peter Wohlleben
  • ARCs available well in advance
  • Promotion of the trilogy and this book in the front matter of the previous two books


For more information contact
Alice.fleerackers@greystonebooks.com

"Wohlleben writes clearly and eloquently about issues that he obviously cares passionately about, and that makes for compelling reading." –Anne H. Ehrlich, Senior Research Scientist, emerita, Biology Department, Stanford University

"Most of us have two problems when it comes to nature: We don’t know about it and we can’t understand it. Peter Wohlleben is fixing both of those problems with scientific accuracy and easy-to-understand language. He is showing us the secret, sacred relationships among living beings on this miraculous planet." —Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel

"Peter Wohlleben’s curiosity about the natural world, his sense of wonder at its complexity and beauty, and his clear and compelling writing have combined in this book, The Secret Wisdom of Nature. As you read these pages you will understand why I so admire him and am so in love with his work."—Jane Goodall

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