- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (14 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408826585
- ISBN-13: 978-1408826584
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Slow Passion: Snails, My Garden and Me Hardcover – 14 Mar 2013
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A Slow Passion is sweet, informative and sure to cheer exhasperated gardeners (Financial Times)
Once in a while, a book innocently intrigues the head and beguiles the heart. This is one of them ... Warm-hearted, witty and rigorous (The Times 2013-03-23)
A beautifully descriptive read, filled with childhood memories, extraordinary facts, and detailed illustrations (Western Daily Press)
It's the journey that makes this book special ... The moral of the tale is you're never too old or too uneducated to get out there and investigate. This is a hymn to a glorious kind of Englishness, in which the national pastimes of gardening, inquisitiveness and gumption win the day (Mail on Sunday)
A lovely reflection on the smaller, slower, simpler things in life (Top Sante Health & Beauty)
One woman's investigation into the whys and wherefores of snailsSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I haven't yet finished reading it I have already caught some of her enthusiasm and indeed liking for what I had previously deemed to be garden pests.
She also captures the atmosphere of a 1950's childhood well and I almost felt myself "back there".
From here on, the book becomes heavy on science. The author has a marvelous style of writing, a rare blend of entertaining and educational. She is quite enthusiastic about her subject, while her recounting of the trials, tribulations and successes of her homing instinct experiment, were, for this snail enthusiast, thrilling to read. Incidentally, Ruth Brooks has gone no little way in proving what most snail owners would already swear to - that they are far more intelligent than modern science would suggest, and in particular, snails have a memory.
Throughout the experiment, she is beset with challenges, which she overcomes with a positive outlook, and it becomes amazing, even to those few of us who are so fond of our gastropods, that such a tiny, seemingly unimportant creature as the snail could be the catalyst that so profoundly changed her outlook on herself, and her place in Nature. That all lives are of significance.
For mollusc lovers, this book is the Holy Grail of Snail Tomes. It was also very much uplifting, the sort of thing that restores one's faith in humanity. I found it an absolute pleasure to read.
I am neither keen on gardening nor snails, so I wasn't sure whether I would fully appreciate this book, but I enjoyed it immensely and Ruth's enthusiasm for science and life in general is an inspiration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A delightful book for those who care about snails. Indeed, educational for those who are anti snails - might change your mindPublished 12 months ago by Yipster
Fantastic! Interesting not just because of finding more about snails, but because it charted an older person's passion which she had obviously succeeded in sharing with others -... Read morePublished on 6 July 2014 by Anne
This book took nearly as long to reach its recipients in the US of A as your actual snails would have!!Published on 20 Jan. 2014 by Disgusted of Harpenden
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