The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination

The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey

Book Description – The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination

Product Details Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 11, 2016) Language: English
ISBN-10: 0393239977
ISBN-13: 978-0393239973
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches

Editorial Reviews

Review

“Richard Mabey is incapable of writing a tedious sentence.” (Anna Pavord, best-selling author of The Tulip)

“Vastly entertaining…. Mabey artfully combines historical and contemporary scientific writings, literary musings, and his personal recollections [to] invite readers to think about plants in a radical new way.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

“A delightfully accessible work of scholarship…. Mabey’s sensitive approach not only succeeds in giving these incredibly vital beings their just place in the story of life. It reminds us that, as we stare in the maw of large-scale environmental change, we can learn the right lessons from our relationship with plants and draw inspiration from their incredible resilience.” (Booklist, Starred review)

“In his inimitable style, naturalist Mabey incorporat[es] natural history, travel writing, and mainstream botany into a text rich with philosophy, poetry, and visual art [to] bring a sense of excitement and vitality to his material…. He succeeds admirably.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The greatest writer on nature alive…. [Mabey] fuses botany, art and literature into a prose which is interrogative, pungent, and urgently alive.” (Evening Standard (UK))

“Wonderfully thought-provoking…. Of all his 30-plus books, this is surely among his finest, an eclectic world-roaming collection of stories …lacing color, intimacy and emotional texture around the scaffold of hard facts.” (Spectator (UK))

“This is the nature-writing equivalent of fine dining―rich, full of different tastes, lasting and satisfying. A treat not to miss…. Go, buy it, and feast. Botany rocks!” (Dominic Couzens – BBC (UK))

About the Author

Richard Mabey is the author of Food for Free, Flora Britannica, and Weeds: In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants, among other books. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has narrated popular BBC television and radio series and written for the Guardian and Granta. He lives in Norfolk, England.

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