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Thirteen Ways to Smell a Tree

Thirteen Ways to Smell a Tree

Getting to Know Trees Through the Language of Scent

by David George Haskell
Hardback
Publication Date: 23/09/2021
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Thirteen Ways to Smell a Tree takes you on a journey to connect with trees through the sense most aligned to our emotions and memories. Thirteen essays are included that explore the evocative scents of trees, from the smell of a book just printed as you first open its pages, to the calming scent of Linden blossom, to the ingredients of a particularly good gin & tonic:

In your hand: a highball glass, beaded with cool moisture.

In your nose: the aromatic embodiment of globalized trade. The spikey, herbal odour of European juniper berries. A tang of lime juice from a tree descended from wild progenitors in the foothills of the Himalayas. Bitter quinine, from the bark of the South American cinchona tree, spritzed into your nostrils by the pop of sparkling tonic water.

Take a sip, feel the aroma and taste of three continents converge.

Each essay also contains a practice the reader is invited to experience. For example, taking a tree inventory of our own home, appreciating just how many things around us came from trees. And if you've ever hugged a tree when no one was looking, try breathing in the scents of different trees that live near you, the smell of pine after the rain, the refreshing, mind-clearing scent of a eucalyptus leaf crushed in your hand.

ISBN:
9781783254286
9781783254286
Category:
Mind
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
23-09-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Octopus Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
184x114mm
Weight:
0.3kg
David George Haskell

David Haskell is a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South, and a Guggenheim Fellow. The Forest Unseen won multiple science and literary awards, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into twelve languages. The Songs of Trees won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Natural History Writing and has been translated into sixteen languages.

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