Laurence King Publishing (LKP) is to release the first book by tree expert, Jonathan Drori.
In Around the World in 80 Trees, which includes 80 specially-commissioned illustrations by Lucille Clerc, Drori uses the science of plants to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life.
"The book reveals a number of fascinating, and at time strange, secrets behind the world’s trees, including the Japanese Lacquer tree, the sap of which has been used not only for some of the world’s most beautiful man-made objects, but also by a sect of monks to mummify themselves", said the publisher.
Drori is a trustee of The Eden Project, an ambassador for the WWF and was for nine years a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Woodland Trust. He is a former head of commissioning for BBC Online and executive producer of more than fifty primetime BBC TV series on science and technology. In 2006 he was awarded a CBE.
Drori said: “I am so pleased that Laurence King will be publishing Around the World in 80 Trees. This has been a labour of love in which I've tried to combine history with popular science. I feel that Lucille's illustrations are a witty and lovely complement to the stories.”
Drori will be taking part in a UK book tour to mark the book’s release in March 2018.
The book will be released on 28th May 2018. The publisher holds world rights.