#BlogTour TAPESTRIES OF LIFE by ANNE SVERDRUP-THYGESON #TapestriesOfLife @annesver @HarperNonFic @RandomTTours #BookReview

Delighted to be joining you today as part of the blog tour for the wonderful TAPESTRIES OF LIFE.   My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of  Random Things Tours for letting me be part of it all and sharing my thoughts!


The second book by the bestselling author of Extraordinary Insects

Trees clean air and water; hoverflies and bees pollinate our crops; the kingfisher inspired the construction of high-speed trains. In Tapestries of Life, bestselling author Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson explains how closely we are all connected with the natural world, highlighting our indelible link with nature’s finely knit system and our everyday lives.

In the heart of natural world is a life-support system like no other, a collective term that describes all the goods and services we receive – food, fresh water, medicine, pollination, pollution control, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention, recreation, spiritual health and so much more. In this utterly captivating book, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson sets out to explore these wonderful, supportive elements – taking the reader on a journey through the surprising characteristics of the natural world.





Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson is the bestselling author of Extraordinary Insects. A professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Ås, Norway, she is also a scientific advisor for The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research NINA. She has a Doctorate degree in conservation biology and lectures on nature management and forest biodiversity. 


This is one of those books that makes you go ‘wow’!  It highlights the world and all we take for granted, and until you see it written down you just forget how all this stuff around us works to help us live!  And how do we repay the natural world?! By destroying it!! Maybe if more people read this book, then there’d be more understanding  and appreciation for the wonders of this planet we live on!

We are 1 species of 10 million on the planet! That puts things into perspective doesn’t it?!  And what the author does brilliantly in this book is explore in great detail all that is around us and how every aspect of our daily life is there because of nature.  From the clothes on our back, the remedies we take and the food we eat…. we can’t survive without it!

It explores our relationship with nature and how we’re losing touch with  the simple things in life – how we’re spending less time outdoors and we’re poorer for it.  How we’re encouraged to have neat and tidy gardens – I don’t! – and how that impacts wildlife, and how the ‘simple’ aspects of water, grass, pollination all work together to create harmony.  And how we as humans have forgotten how much we have changed nature for our own convenience – and then wonder why things go wrong!

I have learnt so much from this book and just wish my brain could hold on to all the amazing facts I discovered while reading it! It’s one of those books you can dip in and out of anytime and take away a new discovery and appreciation every time you open up a chapter.

The author does a wonderful job of not being too preachy or OTT in her examinations of the different aspects of the natural world – she gets to the point and puts it in terms that’s so easy to relate to and it has definitely made me look at the world outside my window with fresh eyes and to stop taking everything for granted. 

We need the trees to clean the air, we need the insects to pollinate our plants – and this awe inspiring book allows the reader to see just how we both need each other to keep surviving!