Around The World In 80 Trees
"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.
"Beautiful illustrations by the French artist Lucille Clerc, strewn generously throughout, have the limpid calm of vernal pools. The book's author, Jonathan Drori, whose sunny prose sparkles with authority, grew up near the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where he later served as a trustee. His childhood passion for plants branched into a study of the ways humans and trees interact. Drori and Clerc's book abounds with discoveries." -The New York Times Book Review―-
"Beautifully illustrated and produced, Jonathan Drori's Around the World in 80 Trees takes a fond and fascinating look at the remarkable qualities of 80 different species of trees and how they've helped to shape civilisation." Irish Times―-
"Jonathan Drori circles the globe by setting out from London and heading east. Along the way he offers brief accounts of some of the world's most unusual or significant trees, from the holm oak of Spain to the whistling thorn of Kenya. He is an engaging guide, attuned to the sensual appeal of trees as well as their ecological, ethnological and medicinal uses... Lucille Clerc's colored-ink illustrations, including fruits and foliage that sometime slip off the edge of the page, add to the reader's enjoyment." Wall Street Journal―-
"Printed on FSC-approved, sustainably sourced paper, this is the latest labour of leafy love from Jonathan Drori CBE (Eden Project trustee, WWF ambassador and former commissioner of countless BBC TV series on science and nature). It's an erudite read that employs plant science to illuminate how trees play a key role in every part of human life; as a provider of food, a source of poison, a maker of medicines and building materials." National Geographic UK―-