The Wood for the Trees

Biologist Richard Fortey has written a detailed description of a small British woodland–only four acres, but a world in itself–that manages to be both lyrical and scientific. This is the best kind of nature writing: it makes you both see and understand. Fortey doesn’t always write on this minimal scale. His modestly named book Life is the best overview of evolution you’ll ever read. This new book is highly recommended.

 

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