Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants

Weeds: The Story of Outlaw Plants

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By (author) Richard Mabey

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 21mm | 276g
  • Publication date: 8 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846680816
  • ISBN 13: 9781846680816
  • Sales rank: 186,805

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Ever since the first human settlements 10,000 years ago, weeds have dogged our footsteps. They are there as the punishment of 'thorns and thistles' in Genesis and , two millennia later, as a symbol of Flanders Field. They are civilisations' familiars, invading farmland and building-sites, war-zones and flower-beds across the globe. Yet living so intimately with us, they have been a blessing too. Weeds were the first crops, the first medicines. Burdock was the inspiration for Velcro. Cow parsley has become the fashionable adornment of Spring weddings. Weaving together the insights of botanists, gardeners, artists and poets with his own life-long fascination, Richard Mabey examines how we have tried to define them, explain their persistence, and draw moral lessons from them. One persons weed is another's wild beauty.

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Author information

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.

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"'The nation's favourite nature writer.' (Sunday Telegraph) 'Mr Mabey is the kind of person you wish you had with you on every country walk, identifying, explaining, deducing, drawing on deep knowledge lightly worn.' (Country Life) 'This book will open your eyes to the significance, wonder and exasperation felt about weeds. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading. Mabey offers a diversity and richness of fact, fiction, philosophy and fun' (Professor Stephen Hopper, Director, Kew Gardens)"