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How to Read a Tree

Tristan Gooley

Out 13th April 2023 in UK, 2nd May in North America. (Some good reasons for pre-ordering a book.)

Do two trees ever appear identical? No, but why? Every small difference is a clue.

Each tree we meet is filled with signs that reveal secrets about the life of that tree and the landscape we stand in. The clues are easy to spot when you know what to look for, but remain invisible to most people.

In How to Read a Tree, you’ll discover the simple principles that explain the shapes and patterns you can see in trees and what they mean. And you’ll learn rare skills that can be applied every time you pass a tree, whether you are in a town or a wilder spot.

As the author of the international bestsellers The Walker’s Guide and How to Read Water, Tristan Gooley knows how to uncover the phenomena worth looking for. He has been instructing people in the art of reading trees for two decades and this book includes signs that will not be found in any other book in the world.

Once you have learned to see these things it is impossible to unsee them. We will never look at a tree the same way again.

‘You will never look at a tree in the same way again after reading this mesmerising book.

Gooley drops learning as lighty as blossom falls in spring.’

John Lewis-Stempel, author of The Wood

‘Tristan Gooley has done trees the greatest service.’ 

Isabella Tree, author of Wilding

Some good reasons for pre-ordering a book.

UK Cover
How to Read a Tree - North American Cover
North American Cover

For details on how to pre-order in the US, please see this page.