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Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination

Richard Mabey

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ISBN 10: 1861976623 / ISBN 13: 9781861976628
Published by Profile Books Ltd, 2015
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Title: Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the ...

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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In Richard Mabey's characteristically lyrical and informative tone, "The Cabaret of Plants "explores plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken that cliched but real human emotion of wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief.

Picked from every walk of life, they encompass crops, weeds, medicines, religious gathering-places and a water lily named after a queen. Beginning with pagan cults and creation myths, the cultural significance of plants has burst upwards, sprouting into forms as diverse as the panacea (the cure-all plant ginseng, a single root of which can cost up to $10,000), Newton's apple, the African 'vegetable elephant' or boabab, whose swollen trunks store thousands of litres of water - and the mystical, night-flowering Amazonian cactus, the moonflower.

From Ice Age artists, to the Romantic poets, via colonialism and the nineteenth century botanical mania of empire, Mabey concludes his magnum opus with the latest revelations of possible 'plant intelligence' in this extraordinary collection of encounters between plants and people."

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Richard Mabey is one of Britain's foremost writers on the subject of nature. He is the author of Flora Britannica, which won the British Book Awards' Illustrated Book of the Year, and Birds Britannica (Chatto, 2005) and he wrote, narrated and produced the popular BBC TV series Postcards from the Country in 1996. He writes a regular column for BBC Wildlife magazine and has written on nature for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph. He lives in Norfolk.

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