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The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees

Fig trees have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. This book tells their amazing story. Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles in the dawn of civilization. They feature in every major religion, starring alongside Adam and Eve, Krishna and Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad. This is no coincidence, fig trees are special.

They evolved when giant dinosaurs still roamed and have been shaping our world ever since. These trees intrigued Aristotle and amazed Alexander the Great. They were instrumental in Kenya's struggle for independence and helped restore life after Krakatoa's catastrophic eruption. Egypt's Pharaohs hoped to meet fig trees in the afterlife and Queen Elizabeth II was asleep in one when she ascended the throne.

And all because 80 million years ago these trees cut a curious deal with some tiny wasps. Thanks to this deal, figs sustain more species of birds and mammals than any other trees, making them vital to rainforests. In a time of falling trees and rising temperatures, their story offers hope. Ultimately, it's a story about humanity's relationship with nature. The story of the fig trees stretches back tens of millions of years, but it is as relevant to our future as it is to our past.

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FORTHCOMING - The Australian Bird Guide

By Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke
Illustrations by Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack and Kim Franklin, maps.

FORTHCOMING, due May 2017. PREORDER NOW for exclusive offers from Andrew Isles. Place your order with us now for this greatly anticipated new field guide for Australian birds and take part in some exclusive offers! Follow our promotions for any updates. 

FREE BOOKMARKS. Every purchase of The Australian Bird Guide comes with three specially commissioned bookmarks by the artists. Each customer will also go into the draw to win one of the three original bookmark artworks.

We are pleased to also offer a limited number of copies of The Australian Bird Guide SIGNED by ALL SIX authors and artists. This Library Copy will be $100, with $50 being donated to Bush Heritage and their Night Parrot research and conservation programs.

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We are also offering ABG in two special bundle packs:

The Australian Bird Guide and HANZAB, volume seven. AU$350.  Save $280 on HANZAB.

The Australian Bird Guide and Birds of New Guinea. AU$100.  Save $25 on Birds of New Guinea.

If you have already pre-ordered and wish to take advantage of these offers, just let us know and we can update your order.