Infused with the spellbinding warmth of the islands, this illustrated nature journal is a joy for readers who’ve experienced the allure of the Ionian Sea.
Written and illustrated by designer Jani Tully Chaplin, A Greek Island Nature Diary is a joyous journal-format ode to its creator’s love of the islands, as expressed through her detailed watercolours and personal observations of nature and the shifting seasons.
Having lived in Corfu, the author’s immersion in - and love for - this alluringly beautiful part of the world is infectious. Through spreads dedicated to different species of plant, flower, tree and animal, she shares her personal encounters with these natural wonders, alongside fascinating information about connected mythology, folklore, medicinal uses, and literature. Take the evocatively-named snake’s head iris, for example. Chaplin blissfully describes encountering these beauties in the undergrowth near her ancient olive trees, before sharing the flower’s connections to Iris, goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the gods.
Published in an attractive hardback format, and resplendent with the author’s pencil drawings and watercolours (often vibrant, and always detailed), this will make a splendid gift for friends and family who adore exploring the Greek Islands, and for armchair travellers who’ve yet to discover their delights.
Greek Island Nature Diary is a lavish journal of highly detailed watercolours and accompanying pencil drawings of flora, fauna and natural objects observed and collected during the author's years living in Corfu and sailing the Ionian on her family's oceangoing catamaran. This evocative diary is based on the author's notes and sketches made in remote coves, in the thickets of the littoral and in the thyme scented mountains of the interior. Alongside these studies the book includes many fascinating, informative and often practical descriptions of the medicinal, olfactory and culinary uses of the wild plants found in this naturalist's paradise. As well as her own personal observations, the text reveals surprising links between Ancient Greek civilisation and modern medicine; references to related Greek mythology and folklore intermingle with quotations from poetry and prose associated with the plants.
|Publication date:||4th October 2021|
|Author:||Jani Tully Chaplin|
|Publisher:||Unicorn Publishing Group|
|Primary Genre||Lifestyle, Hobbies and Leisure|
Closing date: 08/11/2021