Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly.
A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glinting red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a climbing plant that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Bestselling author Amy Stewart takes on two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate and otherwise offend. Menacing botanical illustrations render a ghastly portrait of evildoers that may be lurking in your back (or front) garden. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, enlighten and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.
The eclectic information ranging from classical Greek texts to Saddam Hussein, from Pliny to Harry Potter, contained in the book is truly comprehensive.
An entertaining read accompanied by some witty ilustrations.
Amy Stewart's book is beautifully presented. Etchings, drawings and calligraphy give the appearance of an ancient herbal with a hint of Harry-Potter spell book... The writing style is very readable, light and entertaining. It's a fun, informative book about what Stewart calls the 'unfathomable evils' of the plant kingdom and the presentation makes it an enticing read.
Put this book on your Christmas wish list.