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  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784708498
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.99

The Secret Network of Nature

The Delicate Balance of All Living Things



From the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees comes an exploration of the invisible connections sustaining the entire natural world


An exploration of the invisible connections sustaining the entire natural world from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees
Did you know that trees can influence the rotation of the earth?
Or that wolves can alter the course of a river?
Or that earthworms control wild boar populations?

The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature’s finely balanced equilibrium.

Drawing on the latest scientific discoveries and decades of experience as a forester, Peter Wohlleben shows us how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems cooperate, and what's at stake when these delicate systems are unbalanced.

‘Peter Wohlleben doesn't merely look, he sees. Let's all learn as much from him as we can, and quickly’ Rosamund Young, author of The Secret Life of Cows

  • Published: 17 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784708498
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Peter Wohlleben

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 towards the return of primeval forests, as well as caring for both wild and domestic animals.

Wohlleben has been celebrated for his distinctive approach to writing about nature; he brings to life groundbreaking scientific research through his observations of nature and the animals he lives amongst. He is also the author of international bestsellers including The Hidden Life of Trees and The Inner Life of Animals.

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Praise for The Secret Network of Nature

Peter Wohlleben doesn't merely look, he sees. Let's all learn as much from him as we can, and quickly.

Rosamund Young, author of THE SECRET LIFE OF COWS

Fascinating… Wohlleben is right to remind us that everything is joined up

Julian Glover, Evening Standard

A fascinating read

BBC Wildlife

Praise for The Hidden Life of Trees: ‘Marvellous’

John Banville, Irish Times

Praise for The Inner Life of Animals: 'Always fascinating… Wry, avuncular, careful and kind'

Richard Kerridge, Guardian

Startling and delightful

Ann Pettifor, ExecReview