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Around the World in 80 Plants

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In this, Jonathan Drori has written another remarkable book and distilled fascinating content into each two-page exposé. Op haar kleurrijke prenten, soms paginagroot, zie je zowel het geheel als knappe details van de betreffende planten. The 1 or 2 page stories about each plant are very accessible, interesting and intriguing, telling the stories about the history of the plant, where it is found and why it has evolved to be a certain way.

In a previous life at the BBC, he was Executive Producer of more than fifty prime-time science documentaries and popular series. With a colourful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, Around the World in 80 Plants takes you on a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance.

In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees , Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. Or perhaps you'll opt for the culinary tips, sometimes the medicinal uses or very often the history. Around the World in 80 Plants makes me want to find out yet more about the plants that are so often overlooked as a green background, or seen merely as scenery to frame the animals, yet are vital for supporting life on Earth.

Yet tobacco has killed and maimed more people than any other plant, and uses 40,000 square kilometres (15,500 square miles) of the Earth’s surface that could grow food or be set aside to conserve valuable forest habitats. This goes through some sad histories and some amazing and some which has subtly been side lined in our collective histories. I’m afraid they are the hussies of the flower world and with that information I can no longer look at them without imagining a poor bee thinking it got a mate when instead it got duped.Also, this book is so good that I bought myself a copy to have halfway through reading my copy from the library. Lucille Clerc's astonishingly beautiful, vibrantly coloured illustrations are an absolute delight, summing up the key points about each plant perfectly - you will find humour in these too. The entries for every plant not only give the general information like the physical description but also historical context and interesting tidbits about each respective plant about its relationship with humans. Structured by continent, this book guides the reader around the world, dipping into the stories of the tiny, the towering, the parasitic and the submarine.

It is full of shafts of knowledge that give fresh insight into our relationship with plants from around the world. Like a curious but discerning alchemist, the author has distilled a wealth of information concerning the examples chosen, which are an eclectic mix of both well-known and lesser-known plants.

The book is lively, entertaining and educational and the author's personal comments and witty asides, often made me laugh out loud. They are generous, with every plant having at least on page and often more, showing the shoots, the variations, the way humans and animals use them, the flowers, everything about it you can imagine.

Her work is mainly handcrafted from drawing to screenprinting which allows her to create large scale compositions, architectural portraits of her favourite places and exploring their past and present lives. Interestingly, every plant has its own character: some like to cooperate with animals or other plants to benefit (birds spreading seeds, for example), while others lie and cheat.In a gloriously illustrated follow-up to his bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Drori takes the reader on a botanical journey across the world, exploring the science, history and cultural significance of a fascinating range of plants. Everybody who has the slightest interest in plants - and people - and wonders why we need to conserve botanical biodiversity should read this book - Nigel Chaffey, Botany. It's fair to say that Jonathan Drori, who has spent his life involved with plants and is now a member of the Council of Ambassadors of WWF and The Woodland Trust, has a real place in his hear for the simple and overlooked. A trustee of the Eden Project, his knowledge is encyclopaedic, but it is the combination of science and storytelling that makes his book stand out. The clever and gentle commentary on the plants themselves are the bones of the book, but the illustrations are the heart.

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