The Botany of Desire

A Plant's-eye View of the World

Michael Pollan author

Format:Paperback

Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Published:3rd Mar '03

£14.99

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Shortlisted for the Natural World Book Prize

A book which brilliantly twists our perception of nature by showing us nature's perspective of us.A farmer cultivates genetically modified potatoes so that a customer at McDonald's half a world away can enjoy a long, golden french fry. A gardener plants tulip bulbs in the autumn and in the spring has a riotous patch of colour to admire. Two simple examples of how humans act on nature to get what we want. Or are they? What if those potatoes and tulips have evolved to gratify certain human desires so that humans will help them multiply? What if, in other words, these plants are using us just as we use them? In blending history, memoir and superb science writing, Pollan tells the story of four domesticated species - the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato. All four plants are integral to our everyday lives and Pollan demonstrates how each has thrived by satisfying one of humankind's most basic desires. Weaving fascinating anecdote and accessible science, Pollan takes the reader on an absorbing journey through the landscape of botany and desire. It is a journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature

"Pollan's stories sparkle with curious facts and bold superstitions ... His aim is to encourage us to reconsider our place in the natural world" Sunday Telegraph "Beautifully written, as compelling as a detective thriller" Penelope Hobhouse 'An immensely readable and thought-provoking book' The Independent 'Pollen's stories sparkle with curious facts and bold superstitions ... His aim is to encourage us to reconsider our place in the natural world' Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph

  • Short-listed for Natural World Book of the Year 2002

ISBN: 9780747563006

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: 530g

320 pages

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