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Around the World in 80 Trees

Around the World in 80 Trees

Jonathan Drori, Lucille Clerc

Trees are one of humanity's most constant and most varied companions. From India's sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration - not to mention the raw materials for everything from...

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The Progress of This Storm

The Progress of This Storm

Andreas Malm

An attack on the idea that nature and society are impossible to distinguish from each other

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Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild

Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild

Lucy Jones

An urgent, comprehensive inquiry into how nature enriches the human psyche - and of the startling risks we face in leaving it behind.

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Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Fire Country: How Indigenous Fire Management Could Help Save Australia

Victor Steffensen

Fire Country is a cry from the heart asking for change in how Australia cares for country.

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Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Fathoms: The World in the Whale

Rebecca Giggs

A stunning meditation on the awe-inspiring lives of whales, revealing what they can teach us about ourselves, our planet, and our relationship to other species.

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Robert Macfarlane

From the best-selling, award-winning author of Landmarks and The Old Ways, a haunting voyage into the planet's past and future.

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Remarkable Trees

Remarkable Trees

Christina Harrison, Tony Kirkham

Artists and botanists alike have been inspired by trees for centuries, and a varied and beautiful range of images from the unrivalled archive at Kew illustrate the stories, to create this enlightening and enchanting book.

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The Sky Atlas

The Sky Atlas

Edward Brooke-Hitching

A visual history of how mankind has studied the sky throughout history, featuring some of the most stunning images ever created.

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Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Mallee Country: Land, People, History

Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor, Katie Holmes

Mallee Country tells the powerful history of mallee lands and people across southern Australia from Deep Time to the present

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Life on Earth 40th Anniversary Edition

Life on Earth 40th Anniversary Edition

Sir David Attenborough

A new, beautifully illustrated edition of David Attenborough's groundbreaking Life on Earth.

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Bird Bonds

Bird Bonds

Gisela Kaplan

An absorbing, compelling insight into the unique and extraordinary lives of Australian native birds by a leading expert in the field.

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The Mosquito

The Mosquito

Timothy Winegard

The surprising true story of how the course of human history was redirected, time and again, by the pesky mosquito.

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 Read reviewThe Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning

The Way Through the Woods: Of Mushrooms and Mourning

Long Litt Woon

One woman's journey to overcome grief by delving into an overlooked wonder of nature.

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A Cloud a Day

A Cloud a Day

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Passionate cloud spotter and bestselling author Gavin Pretor-Pinney gives you 365 clouds, one for each day, in his stunning illustrated book.

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Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Heida: A Shepherd at the Edge of the World

Steinunn Sigurdardottir

The inspiring story of Icelandic sheep farmer, Heida, former model and feminist heroine has become an international bestseller and won both the Icelandic Booksellers' Prize and Women's Literature Prize

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Australia's First Naturalists

Australia’s First Naturalists

Penny Olsen, Lynette Russell

Penny Olsen and Lynette Russell have gathered together Aboriginal peoples' contributions to demonstrate the crucial role they played in early Australian zoology. 

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Wayfinding

Wayfinding

M.R. O'Conner

In this compelling narrative, O'Connor seeks out neuroscientists, anthropologists and master navigators to understand how navigation ultimately gave us our humanity

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City of Trees

City of Trees

Sophie Cunningham

A rich and insightful collection of personal essays about life, death and our connection to the environment from bestselling Australian author Sophie Cunningham

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Incredible Journeys

Incredible Journeys

David Barrie

A book about animal navigation - how creatures, great and small, find their way and how brilliantly they manage without benefit of maps or instruments - and what lessons there are for human beings.

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Extraordinary Insects

Extraordinary Insects

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

A journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small but mighty creatures who keep the world turning.

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The Salt Path

The Salt Path

Raynor Winn

The Salt Path is an honest and inspiring true story of coming to terms with grief and the healing power of the natural world. Ultimately, it is a portrayal of home, and how it can be lost, rebuilt, and rediscovered in the most...

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Your Backyard Birds

Your Backyard Birds

Grainne Cleary

A beautiful, inspiring and heartwarming book about our human relationships with the birds who share our backyards.

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Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story

Kate Legge

Award-winning journalist Kate Legge tells the remarkable story behind the creation of the Cradle Mountain sanctuary through the characters at its heart.  

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The Wisdom of Wolves

The Wisdom of Wolves

Elli H. Radinger

Love your family, care for your those around you, never give up and always find time to have fun - these are the golden rules of wolves. These remarkably intelligent animals take empathetic care of their old and injured, bring up...

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Kosciuszko

Kosciuszko

Nick Brodie

The disappearance of two young skiers on Mount Kosciuszko in 1928 is the jumping-off point for a history of Australia between the wars, in Kosciuszko: A Search For Young Australia

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Capturing Nature

Capturing Nature

Vanessa Finney

The ground-breaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed in this volume for the first time. Capturing Nature reveals this fascinating visual archive for the...

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The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate

The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate

Nancy Campbell

A vivid and perceptive book combining memoir, scientific and cultural history with a bewitching account of landscape and place, which will appeal to readers of Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin and Olivia Laing.

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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District

The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District

James Rebanks

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for...

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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Annie Dillard

In the book which won her a Pulitzer Prize in 1975, Dillard writes in the form of a journal, trying to understand God by chronicling the seasons along Tinker Creek in Virginias Blue Ridge Mountains, and by exploring the...

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Europe: A Natural History

Europe: A Natural History

Tim Flannery

About 100 million years ago, the interaction of three continents-Asia, North America and Africa-formed the tropical island archipelago that would become the Europe of today, a place of exceptional diversity, rapid change and high...

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The Seabird's Cry

The Seabird’s Cry

Adam Nicolson, Kate Boxer

The full story of seabirds from one of the greatest nature writers. The book looks at the pattern of their lives, their habitats, the threats they face and the passions they inspire - beautifully illustrated by artist Kate...

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The Otters' Tale

The Otters' Tale

Simon Cooper

When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that straddles a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters. Yet move in they did, allowing him to...

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H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the...

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 Special priceSilent Spring

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Exposes the destruction of wildlife through the widespread use of pesticides. This book aims to creates public awareness of the environment.

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Landmarks

Landmarks

Robert Macfarlane

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. This is a guide to literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands...

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Where Song Began

Where Song Began

Tim Low

An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia's distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution

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The Hidden Life of Trees

Peter Wohlleben

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In the Shadow of Man

In the Shadow of Man

Dr Jane Goodall, Hugo Van Lawick

Jane Goodall's account of her life among the wild chimpanzees of Gombe.

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