Like their previous collaboration, Around the World in 80 Trees, Drori & Clerc's latest book is really one that begs to be handled, thumbed through, savored, and appreciated in person. If ever there was an advantage that small bookshops have over online mega-websites, it's this tactileness of certain special volumes. Drori concisely and eloquently highlights 80 plants from around the world that have a human connection, often altering the course of our history as we bend them to our will or are bent by theirs. But without Lucille Clerc's incredible, stunning illustrations, you might never give this book a second thought on the shelves of your local bookshop. Did you know that artichokes don't exist in the wild? Or that the Breaking Bad poison ricin comes from the innocuous castor bean? Or that linoleum floors are made from flax? While you gush over the gorgeous illustrations, the facts come fast and furious and your plant knowledge will expand beyond your wildest imagination. A stunner! -seth
An inspirational and beautifully illustrated book that tells the stories of 80 plants from around the globe.
In his follow-up to the bestselling Around the World in 80 Trees, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are intricately entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. From the seemingly familiar tomato and dandelion to the eerie mandrake and Spanish "moss" of Louisiana, each of these stories is full of surprises. Some have a troubling past, while others have ignited human creativity or enabled whole civilizations to flourish. With a colorful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, this is a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance.
Praise for Around the World in 80 Trees
"Beautiful to behold and to read" – THE SUNDAY TIMES
"An arboreal odyssey" – NATURE
"One of the most quietly beautiful books of the year" – DAILY MAIL
"Jonathan Drori's deep-seated love of nature is contagious in this tree-by-tree journey across countries and continents. A book to take your time over" – WIRED
"A brilliant blend of science, history, culture and folklore, this interesting and engaging book explores the relationship between people and trees as it circumnavigates the globe. The quietly passionate writing is informative, interesting and quite delightful. The hardback version, which I've got, is one of the best-produced books I've read in years: the formatting is crisp and inviting, the paper is heavy and of high quality, and almost every page includes color drawings by artist Lucille Clerc that are simply breathtaking. Together, these features make this book a joy to touch, to hold and to read." – FORBES
About the Author
Jonathan Drori CBE is a Trustee of The Eden Project, an Ambassador for the WWF and was for nine years a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and The Woodland Trust. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Zoological Society of London, and a former documentary filmmaker with the BBC.
Lucille Clerc is a French graphic designer who moved to London following completion of her degree in Paris to study for an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. Since then she has been working in the creative industries for a diverse range of international clients, from cultural institutions to textile designers, musicians and architects.
"This plant refernce has all the perfect descriptors; it's charming, erudite, educational, and aesthetically pleasing...Readers will pick Plants up, time and again, in observation and wonder." - Booklist
"With a colorful cast of characters all brought to life by illustrator Lucille Clerc, Around the World in 80 Plants is a botanical journey of beauty and brilliance." -The Environmental Magazine
"Brings to life the history, uses and botanical properties of weird and wonderful plants from across the globe." -Newsweek,
"Drori, like an expert tour guide, offers up plenty of tidbits and trivia that make even the quotidian seem worthy of notice. Whether you take in all this information in one sitting, or savor a page a day before bedtime, Drori's smartly crafted itinerary is a trip well worth taking." -Natural History Magazine,
"This stunning illustrated book is a treasure... The fun facts paired with colorful illustrations make this something to truly lose yourself in." -Greatlist
"Takes readers on a journey across our planet, stopping to smell flowers and appreciate other species along the way." -Smithsonian Magazine,
"Around the World in 80 Plants is a beautifully illustrated, general interest book that will readily absorb readers with lively and witty snapshots of edible, ornamental, medicinal, toxic, or archetypal plants from every continent." - Plant Science Bulletin
"Drori, like an expert tour guide, offers up plenty of tidbits and trivia that make even the quotidian seem worthy of notice… Whether you take in all this information in one sitting, or savor a page a day before bedtime, Drori's smartly crafted itinerary is a trip well worth taking." -Natural History Magazine,