Ladders To Heaven

By Mike Shanahan

How fig trees shaped our history, fed our imaginations and can enrich our future

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Sir David Attenborough spreads the word about fig trees

Hi everyone

I have a little good news to share with everyone who supported my book about fig trees, Ladders to Heaven.

Have you seen the new David Attenborough series A Perfect Planet? Last week, I heard from one of the producers that my book had inspired the sequence in episode two on gibbons, fig trees and fig wasps. You can find the episode on iPlayer here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08xc2x7/a-perfect-planet-series-1-2-the-sun

To hear Sir David narrating the story was AMAZING. This would not have been possible without everyone who supported the book on its journey into the world. So, thank you once again.

In the past few years, I have spoken about fig trees and their animal partners to several TV production companies making nature documentaries. A Perfect Planet is the first one to have been broadcast so far, but more are on the way.

Also on the way is some very different news of a mind-blowingly cool project. I can’t wait to tell you about, but it is a big secret until April.

Until then, best wishes

Mike

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