- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (30 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408833751
- ISBN-13: 978-1408833759
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 4.1 x 25.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sarah Raven's Wild Flowers Hardcover – 30 Aug 2012
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An epic and beautiful volume, which I will be poring over with my children, and pressing many flowers between its pages (Robert Macfarlane)
Impressive, beautiful to look at and truly a labour of love (Sunday Times)
William Blake found 'heaven in a wild flower' and so, too, has writer Sarah Raven in this epic treatise (Living)
In a new, practical format - the stunning book celebrating British wild flowers by award-winning garden writer Sarah RavenSee all Product description
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I think this book would make a great gift for someone who has a love of wild flowers, but perhaps already some knowledge of them. For a complete beginner, you may do well to consider a book like THE WILD FLOWER KEY as well, to aid them in identifying what they find. However, Raven's WILD FLOWERS would be a delight for anyone with an interest in this subject. I am so glad that I bought it. Havind said that it's not been produced as an identification guide, there have been a couple of flowers which I have managed to find in here without having any knowledge of what thet were before going to the book. At the end of the book, along with the index by Latin names, then common names, Raven has also included a glossary of the flowers by colour. This is a great idea, especially for those who may only have a little knowledge.
Highly recommended - it is something I will always treasure.
It certainly seems somewhat undecided about what kind of book it actually IS. It's not a flora, that should be made clear from the start. By that, I mean, it's not a plant identification book. It's arranged by habitats, yes, such as Woods, Coast and Meadow, but each plant gets only a single photo (in most cases) and that won't be adequate to give you a concrete ID. (And some have very pretty photos that I wouldn't recognise the plant from! For example Cuckoo Flower, which in my experience is a bigger bloom.)
It's also not a botany book, and nor is it a gardening book, or a natural history book exactly. And it's not very comprehensive - most wild flower books include well over a thousand species, sometimes up to 1500, and this has only five hundred. AND some of those are grasses, which wouldn't appear in a normal flora...
This book's actual strengths take time to sink in, and time to grow on the reader. Sarah Raven is one of our best gardening writers, and she grew up botanising with her dad. In a way, this is a very personal (and possibly slightly self-indulgent?) book where she wanders around giving us her own personal take on the wild flowers she sees as she travels. And it's slowly, surprisingly, very seductive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The larger size edition was better and the photographs better printedPublished 9 months ago by VICTORIA PRICE
Lovely book in perfect condition ,good saving on the original price.Published 12 months ago by chris51
I love this book. I enjoy identiying the wild flowers of the countryside. This book has stunning photographs in it.Published 17 months ago by Annie Kieran
Beautiful book! Very informative with lovely photographs. Highly recommended.Published 21 months ago by Claire F