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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

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 / softback 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 / softback 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

Explaining Science's Success

Explaining Science's Success

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Paul Feyeraband famously asked, what's so great about science? One answer is that it has been surprisingly successful in getting things right about the natural world, more successful than non-scientific or pre-scientific systems, religion or philosophy. Science has been able to formulate theories that have successfully predicted novel observations. It has produced theories about parts of reality that were not observable or accessible at the time those theories were first advanced, but the claims about those inaccessible areas have since turned out to be true. And science has, on occasion, advanced on more or less a priori grounds theories that subsequently turned out to be highly empirically successful. In this book the philosopher of science, John Wright delves deep into science's methodology to offer an explanation for this remarkable success story.

Prayers for Priest and People

Prayers for Priest and People

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

Prayers for Priest and People

Prayers for Priest and People

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2017

Early Bibles of America

Early Bibles of America

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2017

Early Bibles of America

Early Bibles of America

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2017

A Natural History of the Hedgerow

A Natural History of the Hedgerow

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2017

It is difficult to think of a more quintessential symbol of the British countryside than the British Hedgerow, bursting with blackberries, hazelnuts and sloes, and home to oak and ash, field mice and butterflies. But as much as we might dream about foraging for mushrooms or collecting wayside nettles for soup, most of us are unaware of quite how profoundly hedgerows have shaped the history of our landscape and our fellow species. One of Britain's best known naturalists, John Wright introduces us to the natural and cultural history of hedges (as well as ditches, dykes and dry stone walls) - from the arrival of the first settlers in the British Isles to the modern day, when we have finally begun to recognise the importance of these unique ecosystems. His intimate knowledge of the countryside and its inhabitants brings this guide to life, whether discussing the skills and craft of hedge maintenance or the rich variety of animals, plants, algae and fungi who call them home. Informative, practical, entertaining and richly illustrated in colour throughout, A Natural History of the Hedgerow is a book to stuff into your pocket for country walks in every season, or to savour in winter before a roaring fire.

Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Race and Crime

Race and Crime

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2017

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41 covers all four key topics in the specification: 'The revolutions of 1917'; 'The Bolsheviks in power, 1917-24'; 'Stalin's rise to power and dictatorship, 1924-41'; 'Economic and social changes, 1924-41.'

Access to History for the IB Diploma: The Second World War and the Americas 1933-1945 Second Edition

Access to History for the IB Diploma: The Second World War and the Americas 1933-1945 Second Edition

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2016

A new edition for HL Option 2, History of the Americas, Topic 13: The Second World War and the Americas 1933-1945. The renowned IB Diploma History series, combining compelling narratives with academic rigor. An authoritative and engaging narrative, with the widest variety of sources at this level, helping students to develop their knowledge and analytical skills. This second edition provides: - Reliable, clear and in-depth content from topic experts - Analysis of the historiography surrounding key debates - Dedicated exam practice with model answers and practice questions - TOK support and Historical Investigation questions to help with all aspects of the Diploma

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 covers all three key topics in the specification: 'The origins of the Cold War 1941-58'; 'Cold War crises, 1958-70'; 'The end of the Cold War, 1970-91.'

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Author: John Wright, Steve Waugh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/02/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 covers all four key topics in the specification: 'The Weimar Republic, 1918-29'; 'Hitler's rise to power, 1919-33'; 'Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933-9'; 'Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-9.'

The Naming of the Shrew

The Naming of the Shrew

Author: John Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

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.

Early Bibles of America

Early Bibles of America

Author: John Wright Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/08/2015

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