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

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.1 X 1.3 X 9.4 inches | 1.8 pounds
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About the Author

Richard Mabey is widely hailed as Britain's fore-most nature writer. He is the author of the groundbreaking book on foraging in the countryside Food for Free and the editor of The Oxford Book of Nature Writing. He has narrated and produced popular BBC television and radio series, and has written for the Guardian, Granta, and other publications. He lives in Norfolk, England.


Mabey's book lets us see plants as subjects rather than objects, arrayed in all their colors, performing miraculous tricks, dances and acrobatics. . . . [His] lyrical prose enlivens the history of botanical understanding . . . [and] many readers will reel out of Mr. Mabey's stimulating cabaret with their view of the plant world--the living world we all share--enriched beyond measure.--Jenny Uglow
A powerful shock to those of us who thought that plants can't think. . . . Interesting and entertaining.--Amy Stewart
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.
The greatest writer on nature alive.... [Mabey] fuses botany, art and literature into a prose which is interrogative, pungent, and urgently alive.
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.
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