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John Wright - Author

About the Author

John Wright is a passionate natural historian and the author of the River Cottage Handbooks Mushrooms, Edible Seashore, Hedgerow and Booze. As well as writing for national publications, he often appears on the River Cottage series for Channel 4. He gives lectures on natural history and every year he takes around fifty 'forays' showing people how to collect food - plants from the hedgerow, seaweeds and shellfish from the shore and mushrooms from pasture and wood. Over a period of twenty years he has taken around five hundred such forays. Fungi are his greatest passion and he has thirty-five years' experience in studying them. John Wright is a member of the British Mycological Society and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. He lives in rural West Dorset with his wife and two teenage daughters. @johnmushroom / www.wild-food.net

Featured books by John Wright

The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names

The Naming of the Shrew A Curious History of Latin Names

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Latin names - frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel - have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth century. Why on earth has the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus - 'dirty old man'? What were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae, a genus of fish Batman, and a Trilobite Han solo? Why is zoology replete with names such as Chloris chloris chloris (the greenfinch), and Gorilla gorilla gorilla (a species of, well gorilla)? The Naming of the Shrew will unveil these mysteries, exploring the history, celebrating their poetic nature and revealing how naturalists sometimes get things so terribly wrong. With wonderfully witty style and captivating narrative, this book will make you see Latin names in a whole new light.

Other books by John Wright

Dropshipping Shopify 2021 and Amazon FBA 2021

Dropshipping Shopify 2021 and Amazon FBA 2021

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2021

Dropshipping Shopify 2021 and Amazon FBA 2021 by John Wright

Amazon FBA 2021

Amazon FBA 2021

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2020

Amazon FBA 2021 by John Wright

Dropshipping Shopify 2021

Dropshipping Shopify 2021

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2020

Dropshipping Shopify 2021 by John Wright

The Forager's Calendar

The Forager's Calendar

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2020

'He writes so engagingly that it's hard to imagine that actual foraging can be more attractive than reading his accounts of it. ...[This book] is a treasure. It is beautifully produced, designed and illustrated.' - John Carey, The Sunday Times Shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards for 2019 Look out of your window, walk down a country path or go to the beach in Great Britain, and you are sure to see many wild species that you can take home and eat. From dandelions in spring to sloe berries in autumn, via wild garlic, samphire, chanterelles and even grasshoppers, our countryside is full of edible delights in any season. John Wright is the country's foremost expert in foraging and brings decades of experience, including as forager at the River Cottage, to this seasonal guide. Month by month, he shows us what species can be found and where, how to identify them, and how to store, use and cook them. You'll learn the stories behind the Latin names, the best way to tap a Birch tree, and how to fry an ant, make rosehip syrup and cook a hop omelette. Fully illustrated throughout, with tips on kit, conservation advice and what to avoid, this is an indispensable guide for everyone interested in wild food, whether you want to explore the great outdoors, or are happiest foraging from your armchair.

I Want to Be a Condom

I Want to Be a Condom

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2020

I Want to Be a Condom by John Wright

An Epistemic Foundation for Scientific Realism

An Epistemic Foundation for Scientific Realism

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2018

This monograph develops a new way of justifying the claims made by science about phenomenon not directly observable by humans, such as atoms and black holes. It details a way of making inferences to the existence and properties of unobservable entities and states of affairs that can be given a probabilistic justification. The inferences used to establish realist claims are not a form of, and neither do they rely on, inference to the best explanation. Scientific Realism maintains that scientific theories and hypotheses refer to real entities, forces, and relations, even if one cannot examine them. But, there are those who doubt these claims. The author develops a novel way of defending Scientific Realism against a range of influential attacks. He argues that in some cases, at least, we can make probabilistically justifiable inferences from observed data to claims about unobservable, theoretical entities. He shows how this enables us to place some scientific realist claims on a firmer epistemological footing than has previously been the case. This also makes it possible to give a unified set of replies to the most common objections to Scientific Realism. The final chapters apply the developed conceptual apparatus to key cases from the history of science and from recent science. One example concerns realism with respect to atoms. Another looks at inferences from recent astronomical data to conclusions about the size and shape of those parts of the universe lying beyond that which we can observe.

Mushrooms for the Million

Mushrooms for the Million

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2018

Mushrooms for the Million by John Wright

A Revealed Knowledge of Some Things That Will Speedily Be Fulfilled in the World, Communicated to a Number of Christians, Brought Together at Avignon, by the Power of the Spirit of God, from All Natio

A Revealed Knowledge of Some Things That Will Speedily Be Fulfilled in the World, Communicated to a Number of Christians, Brought Together at Avignon, by the Power of the Spirit of God, from All Natio

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2018

A Revealed Knowledge of Some Things That Will Speedily Be Fulfilled in the World, Communicated to a Number of Christians, Brought Together at Avignon, by the Power of the Spirit of God, from All Natio by John Wright

An Essay on Wines, Especially on Port Wine; Intended to Instruct Every Person to Distinguish That Which Is Pure, and to Guard Against the Frauds of Adulteration. ... by John Wright,

An Essay on Wines, Especially on Port Wine; Intended to Instruct Every Person to Distinguish That Which Is Pure, and to Guard Against the Frauds of Adulteration. ... by John Wright,

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2018

An Essay on Wines, Especially on Port Wine; Intended to Instruct Every Person to Distinguish That Which Is Pure, and to Guard Against the Frauds of Adulteration. ... by John Wright, by John Wright

The American Negotiator

The American Negotiator

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2018

The American Negotiator by John Wright

I want to be a ....

I want to be a ....

Author: John Wright Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/02/2018

This book is about the desire of a sixteen year-old high school student, Nic James, to ';be a condom' as his future career. The expression of that desire, during a lesson on Careers, not only threw the class teacher into a state of delirium and embarrassment, in the presence of the supervising Teacher Education professor, but led to earthshaking and transformational changes in the perception and thinking of the condom. It also brought together a team of experts who demonstrated, through analysis and hard empirical evidence, that the condom has two distinct characteristics: a physical aspect, the aspect by which it is known, generally, by most persons; and an inherent spirit that drives anyone, possessed with that spirit, to do only good deeds.These inherent virtues, values and qualities, with which the condom is endowed, are the moral equivalent of those generally seen and accepted as noble and beneficial to the human person. What is interesting here is that the expression of the student to have a career of that kind has brought together persons of significance in this nation state to discuss how the condom spirit, the condom mentality, can literally revolutionize the thinking and behavior of all those smart enough to submit themselves to the ';condomization process, at a newly established Condom Academy.' The series of events, meetings, personal disclosures, admissions and confessions are enough to blow the reader's mind.

The Sixth Work of Original Poems

The Sixth Work of Original Poems

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2017

The Sixth Work of Original Poems by John Wright

Playing the Mask

Playing the Mask

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2017

A new book from the bestselling author of Why Is That So Funny? 'Masks are empowering... They enable you to take risks. They provoke you into working with the reckless logic of a six-year-old or the enigmatic stillness of someone wiser than you'll ever be. But above all, masks let you be you without your habitual limitations.' In Playing the Mask, award-winning theatre-maker and teacher John Wright explores and demystifies mask-work: what masks do, how they do it, and, above all, what they can teach us about acting. This book is a wonderfully accessible introduction to a fresh and innovative acting technique for actors, theatre-makers and teachers to use in training and rehearsal. A mask releases the actor to be playful, and playfulness generates ideas, finds meaning, develops characterisation - and is infinitely more fun than traditional training. Rather than a dry guide to making masked theatre, it is about, for instance, playing Lady Macbeth in Red Nose, or Hamlet in the mask of The Victim, The Ogre or The Fool, or even Romeo and Juliet in grotesque half-masks... All in the name of liberating your creativity and, ultimately, improving your performance. Extensively illustrated with a rich variety of masks, this inventive and pragmatic book is full of invaluable games and exercises drawn from the author's own workshops, his experience as co-founder of both Trestle and Told by an Idiot, and his pioneering mask and clown work in many professional productions. 'Brilliant, entertaining and accessible' --Paul Hunter, from his Foreword

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: Summer 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Target success in Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style questions, revision tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. With My Revision Notes, every student can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Enjoy an interactive approach to revision, with clear topic summaries that consolidate knowledge and related activities that put the content into context - Build, practise and enhance exam skills by progressing through activities set at different levels - Improve exam technique through exam-style questions and model answers with commentary from expert authors and teachers - Get exam ready with extra quick quizzes and answers to the activities available online

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: Summer 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Target success in Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style questions, revision tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. With My Revision Notes, every student can: - Plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Enjoy an interactive approach to revision, with clear topic summaries that consolidate knowledge and related activities that put the content into context - Build, practise and enhance exam skills by progressing through activities set at different levels - Improve exam technique through exam-style questions and model answers with commentary from expert authors and teachers - Get exam ready with extra quick quizzes and answers to the activities available online

Prayers for Priest and People

Prayers for Priest and People

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2017

Prayers for Priest and People by John Wright

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