The Lost Rainforests of Britain: book & book tour

This post is by Guy Shrubsole. Image: book cover art by the wonderful Alan Lee.

My new book, The Lost Rainforests of Britain, was published by William Collins on 27th October 2022 in hardback, and in paperback on 27th April 2023.

You can order it from any of the following websites: (which supports independent bookshops)



Harper Collins

NHBS (Natural History Book Service)

… and available in all good bookshops now!

I’m delighted to say that The Lost Rainforests of Britain reached Number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback bestsellers in early May 2023, and has remained in the top 10 since then. It was Waterstones’ non-fiction book of the month in May 2023, was selected as the Sunday Times’ Science Book of the Year in November 2022, and was shortlisted for the Richard Jefferies Society Literary Prize.

Book tour

Below is an updated list of book talks I’ll be giving in spring-summer 2023. Some events are still having details confirmed, so please check back nearer the time for booking form links etc.

2023 events

15th February – Galloway, Scotland: online talk, 7.30pm-9pm. Hosted by Galloway Glens and Communities for Diverse Forestry, as part of the Fantastic Forest Festival. Book tickets here.

16th Feb – Calstock, Cornwall: Calstock Arts, 7.30pm-9pm. Hosted by Calstock Arts with Book Stop (Tavistock indy bookshop). Book tickets here.

17th Feb – Plymouth University: talk for Plymouth students & university staff, 11am. (Private talk)

24th Feb – Somerset: Ebeneezer Presents, Aller, Somerset, 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Book tickets here.

2nd March – Exeter, Devon: Corn Exchange, Exeter, 7pm. Talk as part of the Woodland Trust’s ‘Rethinking Rainforests’ event. Book tickets here.

8th March – Falmouth, Cornwall: The Poly, Falmouth, 7pm-9pm. Talk co-hosted by indy bookshop the Falmouth Bookseller. Book tickets here.

17th March – Ardtornish Estate, Morvern, Scotland: talk hosted by Ardtornish Estate with the RSPB and Alliance for Scotland’s Rainforest. Private event, full up!

2nd April – Machynlleth, Powys, Wales: Sunday talk at MOMA / Y Tabernacl, 1.30pm-2.30pm as part of Amdani Literature Festival 2023. Book tickets here.

27th April – private event in London for the National Trust (pre-recorded presentation owing to back injury)

13th May – Sharpham Estate, Totnes: speaker at ‘Restoring Nature’ Festival organised by Ambios & the East Gate Bookshop. Book tickets here. I’ll be speaking 10.30-11.30am and then on a panel discussion 17.00-18.00 with George Monbiot, Amy-Jane Beer and Anita Roy.

18th May – Crediton, Devon: talk hosted by The Bookery, 7pm-9.30pm; book tickets here.

25th May – Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire: talk at Chipping Camden Literature Festival. Book tickets here.

13th June (new date) – South Brent, Devon: talk hosted by Sustainable South Brent, 7.30pm-9pm. Book tickets here.

21st June – Kew Gardens with 5×15, 7pm-8.30pm. Speaking alongside Jackie Morris, Professor Alexandre Antonelli & others to be announced. Book tickets here.

22nd June – Natural History Museum student conference. Keynote speaker. More details soon.

23rd-24th June – Glastonbury Festival: I’ll be speaking about access to nature at The Common with other members of the Right to Roam campaign (though temperate rainforests may also come up in conversation!). Details here.

15th July – Global BirdFair, Rutland show ground: I’ll be speaking on Saturday 15th July 2pm in conversation with the author and naturalist Nick Acheson. Buy tickets for Global BirdFair here.

29th July – Rewilding Coombeshead, Devon: ‘If not now, when?’ symposium on species reintroduction & rewilding, speaking on the Saturday. Book tickets here.

Past events

1st November 2022 – Totnes: Albatross events space, 7pm-9pm. Co-hosted by the East Gate Bookshop and The Bull Inn, 7pm. Book tickets here.

3rd Nov – Taunton: Temple Methodist Church, 7pm-8.30pm. Hosted by Brendon Books. Book tickets here.

8th Nov – Bristol: Stanfords, 6.30pm-8pm. Book tickets here.

9th Nov – Nailsworth: Three Storeys, 7pm. Hosted by the Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. Book tickets here.

10th Nov – Eden Project, Cornwall: I’ll be giving a talk at 2pm in the Core Building (Eden entry fee required).

10th Nov – Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall: I’ll be giving a talk at 6.30pm. Buy tickets here.

14th Nov – 5×15 talks: I’ll be giving an online talk at 7pm. Book tickets here.

17th Nov – Bath: Topping Books, 7.30pm. Book tickets here.

19th Nov – Kendal Mountain Festival: I’ll be in conversation with author and conservationist Lee Schofield, 1.15pm-2.15pm. Book tickets here.

24th Nov – Ashburton: Ashburton Arts Centre, evening talk. Book tickets here.

27th Nov – Hay Festival Winter Weekend: I’ll be in conversation with journalist and editor Kitty Corrigan, 4pm. Book tickets here.

2nd December – Oxford University: I’ll be speaking as part of the Biodiversity Network seminar series, 4.15pm. More info here.

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