Book of the Week

The Trees by Ali Shaw. Photo: PA Photo/Bloomsbury
The Trees by Ali Shaw. Photo: PA Photo/Bloomsbury

The Trees by Ali Shaw is published in hardback by Bloomsbury.

When a forest erupts through the ground overnight, the modern landscape that we recognise today is destroyed and mankind is thrown into complete and utter turmoil.

Amongst the chaos, survivors Hannah and Adrien’s paths cross, and they embark on the journey to Ireland to find Adrien’s wife and discover just how far the forest reaches.

A gripping journey to the heart of wilderness, this book exquisitely captures the conflict between nature and man, but also between defeat and determination.

The reader is plunged into a narrative that is simultaneously bewildering and yet somehow hauntingly familiar, forcing us to consider how the natural world has become an elusive stranger to us all.

The Trees is a stunning and vivid examination of the relationship between humans and the environment in which they live. Violent, beautiful, devastating and utterly enchanting, it’s a complete triumph for Ali Shaw, who masterfully brings every detail of the book to life.

A wonderfully imaginative story, but also a compelling social commentary, The Trees is a rarity and an absolute must-read.