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The Orchid Outlaw

The Wainwright Prize, 2023

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399802284

Price: £10.99

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LONGLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE & SHORTLISTED FOR THE RICHARD JEFFERIES AWARD

‘One man’s fascinating mission to save the great British orchid’ Mail on Sunday

‘Noble work in a time of great change’ New Statesman

Ben Jacob is the Orchid Outlaw. In the dead of night, armed with a torch and a trowel, he risks everything, climbing into building sites to rescue Britain’s rarest flowers from extinction. At once a memoir, a natural history and an inspiring manifesto for a better future, The Orchid Outlaw shows how we can all save our disappearing natural world, one plant at a time.

‘A vivid love letter to Britain’s orchids . . . Ben Jacob breaks all the rules with enormous success’ FRANCIS PRYOR

‘Unorthodox and precious’ Financial Times

‘Enchanting’ Country Life

‘A fearless battle and a lifelong passion . . . find out why Ben Jacob has risked heavy fines and even prison to save our endangered orchids’ Observer

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Reviews

It's noble work in a time of great change. The Orchid Outlaw urges us to look closer and tread more carefully
Alice Vincent, New Statesman
If this doesn't turn into one of the most talked about nature books of the year, I'll eat my hat. Brilliantly written, urgent and brave
Lee Schofield, author of WILD FELL
A vivid love letter to Britain's wild orchids . . . Ben Jacob breaks all the rules with enormous success
FRANCIS PRYOR, Time Team and author of THE MAKING OF THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE
A daring, delightful and galvanising call to save the world, one plant at a time
The Bookseller, Editor’s Choice
The Orchid Outlaw . . . offers captivating descriptions of pre-dawn forays on to private land where housing developments will soon obliterate colonies of precious orchids
Financial Times, Best new books on climate and the environment
The book is written with a skip and drama, and will leave you furious that these strange and delicate plants have been so neglected
Mail on Sunday
A brave, timely and inspiring example of how to exercise our moral obligation to care for the non-human beings we share the world with. The Orchid Outlaw is an empowering tonic to the environmental despair evoked by the lack of leadership from our lawmakers
Leif Bersweden, author of Where the Wild Flowers Grow

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