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The Brief Life of Flowers

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781473686373

Price: £10.99

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The beauty of flowers is well known, inspiring creative minds from Botticelli to Beatrix Potter. But they’ve also played a key part in forming the past, and may shape our future.

Roses and thistles have served as symbols of monarchs, dynasties and nations. We wear poppies to remember the First World War, but it was the elderflower that treated its wounded soldiers. A rose might mend a broken heart, and sunflowers may just save our planet.

At once enchanting and intriguing, The Brief Life of Flowers reveals how even the most ordinary of flowers have extraordinary stories to tell.

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A glowing account of the myths and meanings we impose on flowers . . . a book to reread and treasure
Sunday Times
A captivating new book that explores our fascination with flowers . . . A delight
Daily Mail
Botanical miscellanies are not thin on the ground but few, if any, offer prose as cultured, scrupulous and engaging
The Spectator
This is a charming, old-fashioned book
Literary Review
I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy this enchanting journey into the very heart of snowdrops, sunflowers, poppies, daisies, roses, and many other beloved flowers. Each is given its own chapter - a perfect pot-pourri of botanical information, history, literature, symbolism, art and herbalism, imaginatively illustrated
Daily Mail
A glorious tour de force . . . My hunch is that The Brief Life of Flowers will last long, evolving from perennial favourite to classic
Country Life