An awesome biography about a woman who loves trees, and her science-soulmate assistant Bill who used to live in a hole. They're both incredible, stranger-than-fiction characters, both passionate about science, both with a few tips about how to be very, very poor and still manage to run a lab. Stories of plants echo events in her own life - growth and roots, pollination and sex, endurance and survival. Hope shares her unique view of the world, coloured by her childhood, her mental illness, her amazement at the science of trees and roots and soil, and it's infectious. I loved every fact, every odd anecdote, every insight and struggle. Definitely one of my favourites for 2016.