The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature’s Secret Signs

By Peter Wohlleben, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, with Jessica West

Published in the UK by Rider Books and in the USA by Dutton (Penguin Random House), June 2018

At what temperature do bees stay home? Why do southerly winds in winter often bring storms? How can birdsong or flower scents help you tell the time? These are among the many questions Wohlleben poses in his newly translated book. Full of the very latest discoveries, combined with ancient now-forgotten lore, The Weather Detective helps you read nature’s secret signs and discover a rich new layer of meaning in the world around you.


‘A guidebook on how everything we need to know about the weather can be learned by paying close attention to our natural surroundings in general and our gardens in particular. You’ll never look at your garden the same way again.’

– Kirkus

‘With clarity and enthusiasm, Wohlleben’s soothing guide to understanding nature via one’s backyard offers accessible encouragement “to take pleasure in time spent outdoors.”’

–  Publishers Weekly

‘A treasure trove of fascinating information about the environment. A primer for the curious gardener… a book to browse and then think to yourself, “Oh, so that’s why.”’

– Town and Country magazine