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Weeds: How Vagabond Plants Gatecrashed Civilisation and Changed the Way We Think About Nature

Weeds: How Vagabond Plants Gatecrashed Civilisation and Changed the Way We Think About Nature

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By (author) Richard Mabey

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 222mm x 35mm | 570g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184668076X
  • ISBN 13: 9781846680762
  • Illustrations note: b + w ills
  • Sales rank: 17,084

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Weeds survive, entombed in the soil, for centuries. They are as persistent and pervasive as myths. They ride out ice ages, agricultural revolutions, global wars. They mark the tracks of human movements across continents as indelibly as languages. Yet to humans they are the scourge of our gardens, saboteurs of our best-laid plans. They rob crops of nourishment, ruin the exquisite visions of garden designers, and make unpleasant and impenetrable hiding places for urban ne'er-do-wells. Weeds can be destructive and troubling, but they can also be beautiful, and they are the prototypes of most of the plants that keep us alive. Humans have grappled with their paradox for thousands of years, and with characteristic verve and lyricism, Richard Mabey uncovers some of the deeper cultural reasons behind the attitudes we have to such a huge section of the plant world.

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Richard Mabey is Britain's foremost nature writer, and the author of Flora Britannica, which won a British Book Award, and Birds Britannica. He has a regular column in BBC Wildlife magazine and has written extensively on nature for the national broadsheets.