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Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711230706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711230705
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.9 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review

Whittingham charts this charming horticultural craze in a delightfully illustrated book.

(Bookseller)

You don't have to love ferns to enjoy this book, but I guarantee you'll see them in a whole new light after reading it.

(English Garden)

This must be the definitive work on Pteridomania… Make room in your bookcase for it now!

(British Pteridological Society)

There is much to learn from this book, not only about ferns but about a period in British history that continues to influence a nation's culture to this day. It is written with great clarity, is beautifully illustrated and skilfully edited.

(BBC Gardens Illustrated)

Victorians would give their eye teeth for it; the 21st-century plant enthusiast can just turn the pages in wonder.

(Lady)

In this authoritative book, illustrated with superb paintings, drawings and photographs, Sarah Whittingham examines this passion for ferns in absorbing detail.

(Cumbria Life)

A joy to read. It's packed with information yet it romps along.

(Oxford Times)

This is a comprehensive study of the subject, richly illustrated throughout.

(Western Daily Press)

'easily read, well-written'

(The Professional Gardener)

'an often amusing range of objects decorated with ferns . . . the serious content lies in the account of the ferneries that have been restored and returned to their original use.''

 

 

(Historic Gardens Review)

About the Author

Dr Sarah Whittingham is an historian who specialises in the social history, architecture and gardens of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has lectured on fern fever for many years, and appeared on radio and television talking about the subject. She is also the author of The Victorian Fern Craze (2009) and has written a number of articles on the subject for various magazines. She is the author of a number of books and articles on Victorian and Edwardian architects and architecture, and has lectured widely on architectural history.


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