Finding the Mother Tree Uncovering the Wisdom and Intelligence of the Forest

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'A scientific memoir as gripping as any HBO drama series' Kate Kellaway, Observer

A dazzling scientific detective story from the ecologist who first discovered the hidden language of trees


No one has done more to transform our understanding of trees than the world-renowned scientist Suzanne Simard. Now she shares the secrets of a lifetime spent uncovering startling truths about trees: their cooperation, healing capacity, memory, wisdom and sentience.

Raised in the forests of British Columbia, where her family has lived for generations, Professor Simard did not set out to be a scientist. She was working in the forest service when she first discovered how trees communicate underground through an immense web of fungi, at the centre of which lie the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful entities that nurture their kin and sustain the forest.

Though her ground-breaking findings were initially dismissed and even ridiculed, they are now firmly supported by the data. As her remarkable journey shows us, science is not a realm apart from ordinary life, but deeply connected with our humanity.

In Finding the Mother Tree, she reveals how the complex cycle of forest life - on which we rely for our existence - offers profound lessons about resilience and kinship, and must be preserved before it's too late.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141990286
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 333.7516
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 7980
Number of pages: 345 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 292g
Height: 129mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 25mm