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Chris Thorogood - Author

About the Author

Chris Thorogood is Deputy Director and Head of Science at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. His research broadly centres on the evolution of plant ecology, with a focus on parasitic plants. He is the author of Kew's Weird Plants, Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean and Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve.

Featured books by Chris Thorogood

The Tropical Hothouse (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

The Tropical Hothouse (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2019

This is a stunning beauty of a book, which would be perfect either as a present for yourself or someone else. It is contained within lovely packaging with the gorgeous book cover peeking out at you. Author Dr Chris Thorogood, the Deputy Director and Head of Science at Oxford Botanic garden and Harcourt Arboretum, has chosen over 50 topical plants, with detail of their origins and special features. The book tells us that: “Two of the most extraordinary Victorian glasshouses in the world are the Palm House and the Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from whose archives the images in this book have been selected”. What really sets this book apart is that the top part of the illustration can actually be pressed out of the page, so that each plant stands out and creates, when the book is opened, a stunning visual spectacle. The instructions are clear and concise, and I took great enjoyment in pressing out the pages to discover my own hothouse. This is truly delightful, and you really do have to see it to truly appreciate the beauty. Do take a look at our competition page, as until 31 August 2019, you can win a copy of The Tropical Hothouse and two tickets to Kew Gardens.

Books of the Month

Other books by Chris Thorogood

Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Western Mediterranean, Second edition

Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Western Mediterranean, Second edition

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/2021

This second edition of Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Western Mediterranean is the most comprehensive and up-to-date plant identification guide to the region. Encompassing an area from southern Europe to North Africa, the western Mediterranean is united by a climate of hot, dry summers and mild, damp winters. This region is famous for its biodiversity and has an exceptionally rich flora.

When Plants Took Over the Planet

When Plants Took Over the Planet

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/08/2021

This large-format, highly illustrated book will guide readers through the key aspects of the life of plants, from early ferns which were most certainly munched on by dinosaurs, to carnivorous plants that snap and 'attack' their prey, or powerful medicinal plants that can heal ailments and boost health. Mysterious and wonderful plants and trees are explored through the diverse habitats they're found in, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Sahara Desert, and through the animals found living on them or amongst them. This book also explores how humans use - and abuse - our precious plants, and how reliant are we all on the survival of our planet's network of botanical life.

Kew Pocketbooks: Carnivorous Plants

Kew Pocketbooks: Carnivorous Plants

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2021

This stunning series of pocketbooks from Kew offers a snapshot into the diverse and beautiful world of plants. Kew Pocketbooks: Carnivorous Plants lavishly showcases 40 botanical paintings of these deadly beauties. Carnivorous plants are deadly beauties that trap, kill and consume everything from insects, spiders and crustaceans to lizards and mice, luring their prey in with specialised hairs, sweet nectar, bright colours, or the convenience of a toilet. 40 stunning botanical pairings of this extraordinary group are showcased here, including the famous Venus flytrap, as well as pitcher plants and sundews.

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Eastern Mediterranean

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Eastern Mediterranean

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Eastern Mediterranean is the most comprehensive and up-to-date plant identification guide to the area. This large area has a complex and varied geology and topography but is united by its typically Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The eastern Mediterranean has an exceptionally high number of endemic species, and a flora quite distinct from the western Mediterranean Basin.

Curious Creatures on our Shores

Curious Creatures on our Shores

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2019

This veritable marine treasure trove of a book is richly illustrated by the author, with fifty of the most beautiful, easily encountered, and sometimes astonishing marine organisms found on British coasts, from seemingly exotic seahorses and starfish, to peculiar sea-potatoes and sea lemons. Together, these characterful critters paint a colourful picture of life between the tides: starfish that, upon losing an arm, can grow a new one; baby sharks hatching from their fancifully named 'mermaid' purses'; ethereal moon jellyfish pulsating in the current and, on some seabeds, even coral. Beachcombing, overturning a boulder or simply parting the strands of seaweed in a rock pool offer a glimpse into a thriving underwater world of curious creatures. Inspired by the Oxford University of Natural History's exceptionally rich zoology collections, which contain millions of specimens amassed from centuries of expeditions, this book tells the story of life on the seashore.

Weird Plants

Weird Plants

Author: Chris Thorogood Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2018

For the first time, this extraordinary compilation showcases weird, mysterious and bizarre plants from around the world. Plants trick, kill, steal and kidnap, and this unique book explores a fascinating world in which plants have turned the tables on animals. Author Chris Thorogood showcases these plant behaviours, the interrelationships among plants, the interdependencies between plants and animals, and the intrigue of plant evolution. All types of weird and sinister are featured in this book, from carnivorous plants that drug, drown and consume unsuspecting insect prey; giant pitcher plants that have evolved toilets for tree shrews; flowers that mimic rotting flesh to attract pollinating flies, and orchids that duplicitously look, feel and even smell like a female insect to bamboozle sex-crazed male bees.

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