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Chasing the Ghost: My Search for all the Wild Flowers of Britain Hardcover – 15 Mar 2018

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Square Peg (15 Mar. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191093111X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910931110
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Peter Marren is the unsung hero of Britain's nature writers. His luminous prose sheds light on the forgotten corners of Britain's natural heritage our diverse and sometimes bizarre flora and his quest to see every single species in the country. He is the perfect guide, leading us along the highways and byways, through wayside and woodland, as he tracks down some of our rarest and most fascinating plants. Delightful." (Stephen Moss, naturalist and author)

"Planting hunting here or abroad has always pulled in great enthusiasts. In Marren’s case it is a quiet enthusiasm, not academic, but companionable and intimate. He delivers easily all kinds of fascinating thoughts and information about the natural world… There is philosophy too. He understands that no ecosystem has a perfect moment to which it ought always to be restored. Environments change for better and worse, populations of plants and animals wax and wane. Ecology is flux. And does he find the ghost orchid? Well, he’s philosophical about that." (The Times)

"Peter Marren writes with such knowledge and affection for plants, and in such a modest and winning manner that few could help wanting to be a plant spotter in this image... If you already have the botany bug then you’ll want to read this book, and to own it so that you can dip into it in future years, but even for the confirmed non-botanist like myself, this is a very good read and one which makes me slightly uneasy about how much I have been missing by looking up rather than down and how blinkered is my view of the natural world." (Dr Mark Avery)

"A poignant reminder to us all to engage with the wild flower that grow around us" (i Newspaper)

"Wonderful... This book would appeal to anyone with an enthusiasm for wildflowers or an interest in the history of natural history" (Hannah Gardner Gardens Illustrated)

About the Author

Peter Marren is a wildlife writer, journalist and authority on invertebrate folklore and names. His books include the bestselling Rainbow Dust; The New Naturalists, which won the Society for the History of Natural History’s Thackray Medal; and Britain’s Rare Flowers, which won the Botanical Society of the British Isles’ Presidents’ Award. Peter also won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for his work on Bugs Britannica.

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