Stephen Anderton

A Forest of Delights

The Secret Life of Trees: How They Live and Why They Matter

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Oak: The Frame of Civilization

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At the time I read Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time I understood his explanations of astrophysics, but was quite unable to repeat them afterwards. Others have said the same. But physics is not easy – some minds can do it and others not; and however good the writer, the substance will not necessarily stick. Colin Tudge’s explanation of evolutionary botany, The Secret Life of Trees, definitely sticks.

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