Botany & plant sciences

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  • Entangled life

    £30.00

    Entangled life

    The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them. They can change our minds, heal our bodies and even help us avoid environmental disaster; they are metabolic masters, earth-makers and key players in most of nature’s processes. In ‘Entangled Life’, Merlin Sheldrake takes us on a mind-altering journey into their spectacular world, and reveals how these extraordinary organisms transform our understanding of our planet and life itself. This illustrated edition features over 100 full-colour images, showcasing this wondrous and wildly various lifeform as never before.

    £30.00
  • Every living thing

    £25.00

    Every living thing

    In the 18th century, two men dedicated their lives to the same daunting task: identifying and describing all life on Earth. Their approaches could not have been more different. Carl Linnaeus, a pious Swedish doctor with a huckster’s flair, believed that life belonged in tidy, static categories. Georges-Louis de Buffon, an aristocratic polymath and keeper of France’s royal garden, viewed life as a dynamic, ever-changing swirl of complexities. Both began believing their work to be difficult, but not impossible – how could the planet possibly hold more than a few thousand species? Stunned by life’s diversity, both fell far short of their goal. But in the process they articulated starkly divergent views on nature, on humanity’s role in shaping the fate of our planet, and on humanity itself. The rivalry between these two unique, driven individuals created reverberations that still echo today.

    £25.00
  • How the rose got its thorns

    £22.00

    How the rose got its thorns

    Have you ever wondered why the rose has thorns and other flowers don’t; why the daffodil is the colour it is; or why some plants have shiny leaves and others matt? ‘How The Rose Got its Thorns’ reveals the inner workings of our favourite flowers and trees. Designed to help gardeners, both novice and experienced, better understand how plants grow, the book is easy to navigate – it is divided into 50 chapters, each one a story.

    £22.00
  • How trees can save the world

    £10.99

    How trees can save the world

    From the internationally bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees

    An illuminating manifesto on ancient forests: how they adapt to climate change by passing their wisdom through generations, and why our future lies in protecting them.

    £10.99
  • Pathless forest

    £25.00

    Pathless forest

    As a child, Chris Thorogood dreamed of seeing Rafflesia – the plant with the world’s largest flowers. He crafted life-size replicas in an abandoned cemetery, carefully bringing them to life with paper and paint. Today he is a botanist at the University of Oxford’s Botanic Garden and has dedicated his life to studying the biology of such extraordinary plants, working alongside botanists and foresters in Southeast Asia to document these huge, mysterious blooms. ‘Pathless Forest’ is the story of his journey to study and protect this remarkable plant – a biological enigma, still little understood, which invades vines as a leafless parasite and steals its food from them.

    £25.00
  • Planta sapiens

    £10.99

    Planta sapiens

    What is it like to be a plant? It’s not a question we might think to contemplate, even though many of us live surrounded by plants. Science has explored the wonderful ways in which plants communicate, behave and shape their environments – from chemical warfare to turning their predators to cannibalism. But they’re nevertheless often just the backdrop to our frenetic animal lives. While plants may not have brains or move around as we do, cutting-edge science is revealing that they have astonishing inner worlds of an alternate kind to ours. They can plan ahead, learn and have rich subjective experiences. They can even be put to sleep. In ‘Planta Sapiens’, Paco Calvo offers a bold new perspective on plant biology and cognitive science. Using the latest scientific findings, Calvo challenges us to make an imaginative leap into a world that is so close and yet so alien.

    £10.99
  • Sleeping beauties

    £11.99

    Sleeping beauties

    Why do some of nature’s marvels have to wait millions of years for their time in the sun?

    £11.99
  • The lost rainforests of Britain

    £10.99

    The lost rainforests of Britain

    AS SEEN ON COUNTRYFILE

    The Sunday Times Science Book of the Year

    ‘If anyone was born to save Britain’s rainforests, it was Guy Shrubsole’ Sunday Times

    £10.99
  • The Map of Leaves

    £7.99

    The Map of Leaves

    Since Ma died, Orla has lived alone in a woodshed by the river. Her garden provides everything she needs. But when people begin to fall sick, Governor Atlas decrees that the plants are the cause and must be destroyed. Armed only with her mother’s book of remedies Orla sets out on a barge-boat to discover the truth and save her garden …

    £7.99
  • Tree stories

    £9.99

    Tree stories

    Trees have played countless roles in human history – by turns hopeful symbols of freedom, pioneering space travellers, keepers of ancient history and accessories to murder. From art to politics, science to crime, these are the stories of the trees that have shaped life on Earth. Neurobiologist and philosopher Stefano Mancuso tells eight stories of trees that have rooted themselves in human history – from the red spruces that were made into Stradivarius’ violins to the wooden ladder that solved ‘The Crime of the Century’. Combining scientific vigour with his inimitable voice, he reveals the amazing ways that the world’s green-print has shaped the course of our lives, issuing a passionate rallying cry for greater care and attention towards the plants that have helped us survive and thrive.

    £9.99
  • Wild city

    £9.99

    Wild city

    The badgers of Brighton’s most exclusive postcode. The water voles of Glasgow. The Black Country bats who have found a haven in old industrial tunnels. The frogs and newts which thrive in the shadow of Peterborough’s industrial estates. The peregrine falcons nesting on the ledges of tower blocks. The suburban stronghold of Britain’s endangered red squirrels. The mosquitoes found on the London Underground and nowhere else on earth. In ‘Wild City’, Florence Wilkinson takes us on a fascinating journey into why we should engage with our fellow urban species.

    £9.99