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    DescriptionThe lotus, lily, sunflower, opium poppy, rose, tulip and orchid: seven flowers, each with its own story full of surprises and secrets, each affecting the world around us in subtle yet powerful ways. But what is the nature of their power and how did it develop? Why have these particular plants become the focus of gardens, literature and art? In order to find the answers, author and horticultural historian Jennifer Potter tracks this septet of flowers across the globe as she examines the influence they have had on civilizations through the ages. These are both histories and detective stories, full of incident and unexpected revelations. Here are the flowers of life and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild. All seven demonstrate the enduring ability of flowers to speak metaphorically - if we could only decode what they have to say. Please click on this link to view the full reference notes to Seven Flowers: http://atlantic-books.co.uk/content/notes-seven-flower


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    Title
    Seven Flowers
    Subtitle
    And How They Shaped Our World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jennifer Potter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 451 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780857891655
    ISBN 10: 0857891650
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14270
    BISAC V2.8: NAT026000
    DC23: 582.13
    Publisher
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jennifer Potter is the author of four novels and five works of non-fiction, most recently Strange Blooms: The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants; The Rose: A True History; and Seven Flowers and How They Shaped Our World, all three published by Atlantic Books. A regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement, she is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at King's College London.
    Review quote
    This literary delight will surely become compulsory reading for flower enthusiasts everywhere... Accompanied by magnificent colour plates and botanical etchings, this book is a voyage of discovery. A thoroughly rewarding read. --The Lady Jennifer Potter is a wonderful writer on the history and culture of plants, plantsmen, and gardens... Any gardener, of the practical or armchair variety, will love this beautifully written survey. --Good Book Guide Endlessly beguiling... Potter's range of reference is huge, from Dante to Ginsberg, from the flower-and-bird paintings of the Song dynasty to Manet and from early Christianity to Hindu creation myths... Every page yields up some delicious nuggets --Gardens Illustrated Fascinating and highly readable --The Garden Anyone who has ever planted a seed or loved a flower can appreciate the author's knowledge and devotion --Kirkus Reviews