A rich, sweeping, and compelling work of botanical history, The Cabaret of Plants explores dozens of plant species that for millennia have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty, and belief. Going back to the beginnings of human history, Richard Mabey shows how flowers, trees, and plants have been central to human experience not just as sources of food and medicine but as objects of worship, actors in creation myths, and symbols of war and peace, life and death.
"Engaging writing, entertaining audio"
Nature writer Richard Mabey reflects on his lifelong relationship with science and the natural world, in this collection of episodes originally broadcast on Radio 4 in September 2009 and repeated as part of ‘The Essay’ series on Radio 3 in April 2010.
Richard Mabey is Britain’s foremost nature writer. He has written a regular column for BBC Wildlife Magazine for over 25 years and, in doing so, has created a passionate, lyrical and deeply personal record of the natural world