Monday 7 June 2021

#BlogTour Tapestries of Life by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

 It's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Tapestries of Life: Uncovering the Lifesaving Secrets of the Natural World by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson.

About the Author

Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson is the bestselling author of Extraordinary Insects. A professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in ├ůs, 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. Follow @annesver on Twitter

About the book

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.


I think it would be fair to say the human species is inherently a self-obsessed and selfish one. They are now absolutely complacent when it comes to their survival. They embrace their status as the most intelligent and evolved species living on planet earth, but they do so without considering the timer they have set on the planet. Said timer is the slow destruction and decay caused by the evolution of humans.

The majority of us don't think twice about the implications of climate change, the mountains of rubbish that won't degrade in our lifetime or the impact the conglomerates and their reckless treatment of humans, wildlife and the planet will have on all of us. Comprehending that we are driving multiple species into extinction every day and that our grandchildren and future generations will never experience the planet the same way humans did before the 21st century.

For me bees have been a big factor in realising the connect the dots in regards to conservation and natural food-chain aspect of their existence. The way they are being poisoned and eradicated from said chain. They are much more visible and therefore relatable than an elephant stood in the front garden, which doesn't mean the more exotic species aren't equally important.

The author has created a scientific work of art - it is full of beauty and passion. It brings life to the world around us especially to the non-scientist and non-academic the world. It's a bit like walking barefoot through a jungle and experiencing sight and sound for the first time. She also takes us through the more difficult and destructive times humans have created and the natural fallout from said destruction.

I really enjoyed the fact this is a book I can recommend without having to think twice about whether the reader will comprehend the complexity of or struggle with the dryness of a non-fiction read. It's a riveting homage to mother nature and one I shall enjoy sharing. It's book of beauty.

Buy Tapestries of Life at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Mudlark pub date 10 Jun. 2021. Buy at Waterstones.

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