Around the World in 80 Trees

Jonathan Drori
Published by Laurence King

The incredible stories of humanity’s most constant and varied companions, from offering sanctuary to making maple syrup.

Best-selling 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 (this is a top search term), 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 19th-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. 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.

‘This is the best love letter to trees I have ever read. Had I written it myself, I would die happy’

  1. Sir Tim Smit, Founder of The Eden Project

Published by Laurence King
240 pages
80 illustrations
232 mm x 150 mm

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